Texas' 27th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Texas' 27th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Blake Farenthold Republican Party
Blake Farenthold.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 27th Congressional District of Texas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Blake Farenthold (R) was unchallenged in the Republican primary. He will face Wesley Reed (D) in the general election. Farenthold is expected to easily win re-election in this solidly Republican district.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 9, 2013
March 4, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[3][4]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 2, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to election).[5]

See also: Texas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Blake Farenthold (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Texas' 27th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Lavaca, Wharton, Matagorda, Jackson, Victoria, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas, San Patricio, Nueces counties.[6]


General election candidates

Republican Party Blake Farenthold
Democratic Party Wesley Reed
Libertarian Party Roxanne Simonson

March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[7] Farenthold joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[8][9]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[10] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[11] Blake Farenthold voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Blake Farenthold voted against HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Blake Farenthold

Blake Farenthold (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$1,472.72$66,629.87$(36,183.09)$31,919.50
July Quarterly[16]July 13, 2013$31,919.50$107,528.43$(85,198.25)$54,249.68
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$54,249.68$180,288.55$(73,476.68)$161,061.55
Year-End[18]January 31, 2014$161,061$148,548$(92,132)$217,477
Pre-Primary[19]February 20, 2014$217,477$31,717$(61,664)$187,529
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$187,529$83,604$(31,205)$239,928
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2014$239,928$263,511$(83,539)$419,900
Running totals

Wesley Reed

Wesley Reed (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[22]January 31, 2014$0$15,777$(10,143)$5,634
Pre-Primary[23]February 21, 2014$5,634$34,422$(7,977)$32,078
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$32,078$41,145$(21,538)$51,685
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2014$51,685$78,088$(15,289)$114,484
Running totals

District history

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The 27th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Blake Farenthold (R) won re-election. He defeated Rose Meza Harrison (D), Corrie Byrd (L) and William Bret Baldwin (I) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Texas District 27 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Farenthold Incumbent 56.8% 120,684
     Democratic Rose Meza Harrison 39.2% 83,395
     Independent Bret Baldwin 2.5% 5,354
     Libertarian Corrie Byrd 1.5% 3,218
Total Votes 212,651
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Blake Farenthold won election to the United States House. He defeated Solomon Ortiz (D) and Ed Mishou (L) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, Texas District 27 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Farenthold 47.9% 50,976
     Democratic Solomon Ortiz incumbent 47.1% 50,179
     Libertarian Ed Mishou 5% 5,376
Total Votes 106,531

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. VoteTexas.gov, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Texas Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  7. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  8. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Blake Farenthold July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Wesley Reed Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Wesley Reed Pre-Primary," accessed July 25, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Wesley Reed April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Wesley Reed July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  26. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013