Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Texas Congressional Seats

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November 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Texas' Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
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AUSTIN: Texas: Texas has one U.S. Senate seat and 36 U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Texas gained four districts due to the redistricting following the 2010 census. Thirty of 32 incumbents are seeking re-election, and 29 of those 30 face at least one challenger in the general election (96.67%). Only incumbent Sam Johnson of Texas' 3rd Congressional District runs unopposed.

Currently, the Republican Party holds 23 of the 32 Congressional seats from Texas. According to race ratings, none of those districts are expected to flip party control in 2012.

In Texas, all polling places are open from 7 AM to 7 PM Central Time.[1] Texas is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Texas has one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Republican and favorite in the race Ted Cruz faces Paul Sadler (D) in the general election. An analysis of 2012 Senate elections published by The New York Times rated the Texas Senate race as Solid Republican.[2] The seat is open following the retirement of incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison. John Jay Myers is seeking election as a Libertarian, and David Collins is running as a Green Party candidate.

In an upset, Cruz defeated the more established candidate, Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary. The battle was one of the most highly contested in the nation, with Cruz receiving the backing of Tea Party groups. The race went to a primary runoff, where Cruz was victorious 56-43 percent.

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Texas Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Paul Sadler
Republican Party Ted Cruz
Libertarian Party John Jay Myers
Green Party David Collins
Kay Bailey Hutchison Pending Pending

U.S. House

Texas experienced chaotic redistricting this year, following the apportionment of an additional four seats based on population growth. The Republican-controlled state legislature passed maps that favored the GOP, but those maps were subsequently thrown out by the courts and rejected by the Department of Justice. Ultimately, a set of interim maps drawn by the courts will be used in this election.

One of Texas' 36 districts is considered to be competitive in 2012 according to the New York Times race ratings. That district is District 23.[3]

District 23 is considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Francisco Canseco is challenged by Pete Gallego (D) in a swing district favoring Republicans. Gallego has been a member of the Texas House of Representatives since 1991. Texas' 23rd District has been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identifies districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[4]

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Texas:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Shirley McKellar
Republican Party Louie Gohmert
Libertarian Party Clark Patterson
Louie Gohmert Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party Jim Dougherty
Republican Party Ted Poe
Libertarian Party Kenneth Duncan
Green Party Mark Roberts
Ted Poe Pending Pending
3rd Republican Party Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson Pending Pending
4th Democratic Party VaLinda Hathcox
Republican Party Ralph Hall
Libertarian Party Thomas Griffing
Ralph Hall Pending Pending
5th Democratic Party Linda Mrosko
Republican Party Jeb Hensarling
Libertarian Party Ken Ashby
Jeb Hensarling Pending Pending
6th Democratic Party Kenneth Sanders
Republican Party Joe Barton
Libertarian Party Hugh Chauvin
Green Party Brandon Parmer
Joe Barton Pending Pending
7th Democratic Party James Cargas
Republican Party John Culberson
Libertarian Party Drew Parks
Green Party Lance Findley
John Culberson Pending Pending
8th Democratic Party Neil Burns
Republican Party Kevin Brady
Libertarian Party Roy Hall
Kevin Brady Pending Pending
9th Democratic Party Al Green
Republican Party Steve Mueller
Libertarian Party John Wieder
Green Party Vanessa Foster
Al Green Pending Pending
10th Democratic Party Tawana Cadien
Republican Party Michael McCaul
Libertarian Party Richard Priest
Michael McCaul Pending Pending
11th Democratic Party Jim Riley
Republican Party Mike Conaway (Texas)
Libertarian Party Scott Ballard
Mike Conaway Pending Pending
12th Democratic Party Dave Robinson
Republican Party Kay Granger
Libertarian Party Matthew Solodow
Kay Granger Pending Pending
13th Republican Party Mac Thornberry
Libertarian Party John Robert Deek
Green Party Keith Houston
Mac Thornberry Pending Pending
14th Democratic Party Nick Lampson
Republican Party Randy Weber
Libertarian Party Zach Grady
Green Party Rhett Rosenquest Smith
Ron Paul Pending Pending
15th Democratic Party Ruben Hinojosa
Republican Party Dale Brueggemann
Libertarian Party Ronald Finch
Rubén Hinojosa Pending Pending
16th Democratic Party Beto O'Rourke
Republican Party Barbara Carrasco
Libertarian Party Junart Sodoy
Silvestre Reyes Pending Pending
17th Republican Party Bill Flores
Libertarian Party Ben Easton
Bill Flores Pending Pending
18th Democratic Party Sheila Jackson Lee
Republican Party Sean Seibert
Libertarian Party Christopher Barber
Sheila Jackson Lee Pending Pending
19th Republican Party Randy Neugebauer
Libertarian Party Richard Peterson
Randy Neugebauer Pending Pending
20th Democratic Party Joaquin Castro
Republican Party David Rosa
Libertarian Party A.E. Potts
Green Party Antonio Diaz
Charles Gonzalez Pending Pending
21st Democratic Party Candace Duval
Republican Party Lamar Smith
Libertarian Party John-Henry Liberty
Lamar Smith Pending Pending
22nd Democratic Party Kesha Rogers
Republican Party Pete Olson
Libertarian Party Steve Susman
Green Party Don Cook
Pete Olson Pending Pending
23rd Democratic Party Pete Gallego
Republican Party Francisco Canseco
Libertarian Party Jeffrey Blunt
Green Party Ed Scharf
Francisco Canseco Pending Pending
24th Democratic Party Tim Rusk
Republican Party Kenny Marchant
Libertarian Party John Stathas
Kenny Marchant Pending Pending
25th Democratic Party Elaine Henderson
Republican Party Roger Williams
Libertarian Party Betsy Dewey
Lloyd Doggett Pending Pending
26th Democratic Party David Sanchez
Republican Party Michael C. Burgess
Libertarian Party Mark Boler
Michael C. Burgess Pending Pending
27th Democratic Party Rose Meza Harrison
Republican Party Blake Farenthold
Libertarian Party Corrie Byrd
Independent William Bret Baldwin
Blake Farenthold Pending Pending
28th Democratic Party Henry Cuellar
Republican Party William Hayward
Libertarian Party Patrick Hisel
Green Party Michael Cary
Henry Cuellar Pending Pending
29th Democratic Party Gene Green
Libertarian Party James Stanczak
Green Party Maria Selva
Gene Green Pending Pending
30th Democratic Party Eddie Bernice Johnson
Republican Party Travis Washington, Jr.
Libertarian Party Ed Rankin
Eddie Bernice Johnson Pending Pending
31st Democratic Party Stephen Wyman
Republican Party John Carter
Libertarian Party Ethan Garofolo
John Carter Pending Pending
32nd Democratic Party Katherine Savers McGovern
Republican Party Pete Sessions
Libertarian Party Seth Hollist
Pete Sessions Pending Pending
33rd Democratic Party Marc Veasey
Republican Party Chuck Bradley
Green Party Ed Lindsay
N/A Pending Pending
34th Democratic Party Filemon Vela
Republican Party Jessica Puente Bradshaw
Libertarian Party Steven Shanklin
N/A Pending Pending
35th Democratic Party Lloyd Doggett
Republican Party Susan Narvaiz
Libertarian Party Ross Lynn Leone
Green Party Meghan Owen
Independent Simon Alvarado (Write-in)
N/A Pending Pending
36th Democratic Party Max Martin
Republican Party Steve Stockman
Libertarian Party Michael Cole
N/A Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Texas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 9 12
     Republican Party 23 24
Total 32 36
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved February 2012 

For more information, view Redistricting in Texas.


See also