Texas' 21st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 21st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Lamar S. Smith Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Lamar S. Smith Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 21st Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Lamar Smith (R) 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 Lamar S. Smith (R), who was first elected in 1986. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 21st Congressional District was located in the central portion of the state, and included Travis, Real, Kerr, Bandera, Gillespie, Blanco, Kendall, and Comal 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 21st Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Candace Duval
Republican Party Lamar SmithGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party John-Henry Liberty

May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party Convention

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Smith Incumbent 60.5% 187,015
     Democratic Candace E. Duval 35.4% 109,326
     Libertarian John-Henry Liberty 4.1% 12,524
Total Votes 308,865
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 21st 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' 21st District became more Democratic as a result of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 39D / 61R
  • 2010: 38D / 62R

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' 21st Congressional District has a PVI of R+11, which is the 92nd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 57-43 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).[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.

Candace Duval

Candace Duval (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[13]May 17, 2012$0$5,697.90$(6,156.66)$-458.76
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$-458.76$9,006$(5,967.23)$2,580.01
Running totals

Lamar Smith

Lamar Smith (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 13, 2012$1,325,933.66$211,053.18$(162,006.48)$1,374,980.36
Pre-Primary[16]May 17, 2012$1,374,980.36$120,448.65$(168,843.44)$1,326,585.57
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Lamar S. Smith won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Lainey Melnick (D) and James Arthur Strohm (L).[17]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 21, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Smith Incumbent 68.9% 162,924
     Democratic Lainey Melnick 27.9% 65,927
     Libertarian James Arthur Strohm 3.3% 7,694
Total Votes 236,545

See also

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