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|Texas State Senate, District 16|
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Donald Huffines defeated incumbent John Carona in the Republican primary. Huffines will face Mike Dooling (L) in the general election.
Prior to the March 4 primary, Huffines said Carona was too liberal and described the 18-year incumbent as out-of-touch in the district. After Huffines declared for the seat, Carona said: "I’m surprised Mr. Huffines is running as a Republican considering that he spent a small fortune attacking Republicans in the 2012 presidential campaign, but I welcome a thorough debate on the issues facing Texans." In 2012, Huffines helped form a SuperPAC that supported Ron Paul and spent more than $400,000 in the race. Texas Monthly named Carona one of the worst legislators in 2013, pointing in part to his long absence during the session.
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- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Dallas Morning News "Republican developer Don Huffines says he’ll be challenging Senate veteran John Carona from the right," October 28, 2013
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- Texas Monthly "The Worst: Senator John Carona" accessed January 20, 2014