2014 elections review: Texas holds uneventful congressional primaries

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March 5, 2014

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

The first primary of the 2014 election season took place in Texas on March 4, 2014. Here's a recap of what happened in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2014

Incumbent John Cornyn successfully defended his seat from seven primary challengers, including U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman. Cornyn received just under 60% of the vote, avoiding a primary runoff election. Representative Steve Stockman came in second with roughly 19% of votes, and Dwayne Stovall was a distant third with just under 11% of the vote.[1]

In the Democratic primary, David Alameel and Kesha Rogers advanced to the primary runoff election to be held on May 27, 2014. Alameel fell just short of acquiring the 50% of votes required to avoid a primary runoff, taking in just over 47% of the vote. Rogers earned 21% of the vote, and Maxey Marie Scherr came in third with roughly 18% of the vote.[2]

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2014

Texas' congressional races saw very few surprises, as most incumbents won their primary battles handily. No incumbents were defeated, and only one incumbent, Ralph Hall, did not secure enough votes to avoid a primary runoff election on May 27, 2014. Hall received 45% of the vote in Texas' 4th Congressional District, while challenger John Ratcliffe earned roughly 29% of the vote.[1]

Other races where a primary runoff election will be required are as follows:

Members of the U.S. House from Texas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 12 11
     Republican Party 24 25
Total 36 36

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