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Texas' 15th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 15th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Rubén Hinojosa Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rubén Hinojosa Democratic Party
Ruben Hinojosa.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 15th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Ruben Hinojosa (D) was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 9, 2012
May 29, 2012
November 6, 2012

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.[2] For the July 31, 2012, the vote registration deadline was July 2. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[3]

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.[4]

* 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.[5] 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.[6]

The 15th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Ruben HinojosaGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dale Brueggemann
Libertarian Party Ronald Finch

July 31, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates

May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

U.S. House, Texas District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuben Hinojosa Incumbent 60.9% 89,296
     Republican Dale A. Brueggemann 36.9% 54,056
     Libertarian Ron Finch 2.3% 3,309
Total Votes 146,661
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRubén Hinojosa Incumbent 71.2% 29,397
David Cantu 12.1% 5,008
Jane Cross 10.2% 4,208
Ruben Ramon Ramirez 4.9% 2,012
Johnny Partain 1.7% 687
Total Votes 41,312
U.S. House, Texas District 15 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDale A. Brueggemann 57.3% 6,403
Eddie Zamora 42.7% 4,771
Total Votes 11,174

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 15th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

District partisanship

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.[12]

  • 2012: 54D / 46R
  • 2010: 56D / 44R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

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).[13]

Campaign contributions

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.

Ruben Hinojosa

Rubén Hinojosa (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$538,243.63$54,787.74$(81,475.89)$511,555.48
Pre-Primary[15]May 17, 2012$511,555.48$58,818.34$(69,883.07)$500,490.75
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Ruben Hinojosa won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Eddie Zamora (R) and Aaron I. Cohn (L).[16]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 15, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRubén Hinojosa Incumbent 55.7% 53,546
     Republican Eddie Zamora 41.6% 39,964
     Libertarian Aaron I. Cohn 2.7% 2,570
Total Votes 96,080


On November 2, 2004, Ruben Hinojosa won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Michael Thamm (R) and William Cady (L).[17]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 15, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuben Hinojosa Incumbent 57.8% 96,089
     Republican Michael Thamm 40.8% 67,917
     Libertarian William Cady 1.4% 2,352
Total Votes 166,358

See also

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