Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Texas State Legislature

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November 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Texas's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
31 14 (45.2%) 150 52 (34.7%)

AUSTIN, Texas: There are 181 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Texas, where polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time. Texas is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

The Senate is controlled by Republicans, with Democrats holding only 12 of 31 seats. In the House, 89 candidates will run without any major party opponents in November, meaning that most of the races were decided once the primary passed.[1]

Of the 181 incumbents up for election in 2012, 148 (81.8%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 66 of 181 (36.5%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


  • The most competitive race in the Senate is District 10, where incumbent Democrat Wendy R. Davis faces a challenge from Republican State Rep. Mark Shelton.[1]


  • District 34: A rematch will occur between incumbent Connie Scott (R) and challenger Abel Herrero (D). Scott defeated Herrero 54%-46% in 2010.
  • District 78: In 2010, Republican Dee Margo narrowly defeated Democrat Joe Moody, 52%-48%. Moody will again face Margo in the election on November 6.

Texas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 12 12
     Republican Party 19 19
Total 31 31

Texas House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 48 55
     Republican Party 100 95
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 150 150


See also