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Texas' 20th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 20th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Joaquin Castro Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Charles Gonzalez Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 20th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Joaquin Castro (D) was 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 Charles Gonzalez (D), who was first elected in 1998.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 20th Congressional District was located in the central portion of the state, and included part of Bezar county.[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 20th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Joaquin CastroGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Rosa
Libertarian Party A.E. Potts
Green Party Antonio Diaz


May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: The following candidates withdrew prior to the primary: Ezra Johnson

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party candidate

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoaquin Castro 63.9% 119,032
     Republican David Rosa 33.5% 62,376
     Libertarian A.E. Potts 1.7% 3,143
     Green Antonio Diaz 0.9% 1,626
Total Votes 186,177
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 20th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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' 20th District became more Republican as a result of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 55D / 45R
  • 2010: 60D / 40R

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' 20th Congressional District has a PVI of D+3, which is the 160th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 50-50 percent over George W. Bush.[12]

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.

Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$296,916.08$219,040.02$(215,353.83)$300,602.27
Pre-Primary[14]May 17, 2012$300,602.27$34,870$(69,487.36)$265,984.91
Running totals
$253,910.02$(284,841.19)

David Rosa

David Rosa (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 14, 2012$0$5,370$(5,156.68)$213.32
Pre-Primary[16]May 14, 2012$213.32$805.71$(415.39)$603.64
Running totals
$6,175.71$(5,572.07)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Charles Gonzalez won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Clayton Trotter (R) and Michael "Commander" Idrogo (L).[17]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 20, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles A. Gonzalez Incumbent 63.6% 58,645
     Republican Clayton Trotter 34.4% 31,757
     Libertarian Michael "Commander" Idrogo 1.9% 1,783
Total Votes 92,185

See also

External links

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