Texas' 15th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 29, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: Texas has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party. Texas also scheduled a primary runoff for July 31, 2012.
Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 30. For the July 31, 2012, the vote registration deadline was July 2. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.
- See also: Texas elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Ruben Hinojosa (D), who was first elected in 1997. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 15th Congressional District was located in the southern portion of the state, and included Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Duvall, Live Oak, Karnes, Wilson, Guadalupe counties.
* Redistricting note: Due to legal turmoil in the redistricting process, filing deadlines were changed twice and the primary was changed once. The original filing deadline was December 12th. That deadline was first moved to December 15th and then December 19th by a federal court due to delays caused by redistricting legal challenges. When a final map was issued, the December 19th deadline was once again moved to March 9 to allow candidates more time to file in light of the delays and map ambiguities. The primary date was first moved from March 6 to April 3, 2012 before finally settling on May 29.
General election candidates
July 31, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates
May 29, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Texas District 15 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ruben Hinojosa Incumbent||60.9%||89,296|
|Republican||Dale A. Brueggemann||36.9%||54,056|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Rubén Hinojosa Incumbent||71.2%||29,397|
|Ruben Ramon Ramirez||4.9%||2,012|
|U.S. House, Texas District 15 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012|
|Dale A. Brueggemann||57.3%||6,403|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Texas
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
- See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Texas' 15th District became more Republican as a result of redistricting.
- 2012: 54D / 46R
- 2010: 56D / 44R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Texas' 15th Congressional District has a PVI of D+1, which is the 185th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 58-42 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 54-46 percent over John Kerry (D).
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.
|Rubén Hinojosa (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$538,243.63||$54,787.74||$(81,475.89)||$511,555.48|
|Pre-Primary||May 17, 2012||$511,555.48||$58,818.34||$(69,883.07)||$500,490.75|
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- United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012
- Texas Democrats - candidate list
- Texas GOP - candidate list
- Texas Libertarian Party - candidate list
- Texas Green Party - candidate list
- Texas Secretary of State - Independent candidate list
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Texas Secretary of State "2012 Primary Election Calendar," Accessed July 27, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State "You Must Register By...," Accessed July 27, 2012
- Texas Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 24, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Important 2012 Election Dates", Accessed July 15, 2011
- Washington Post "Federal court orders May 29 primary date for Texas in redistricting case
- Democratic candidate list
- Seguin Gazette, "Local businessman making a run for 15th Congressional District", July 24, 2011
- Republican candidates for U.S. House
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Texas's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Texas," September 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa April Quarterly," Accessed July 17, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa Pre-Primary," Accessed July 17, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"