Texas' 28th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Texas' 28th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Henry Cuellar Democratic Party
Henry Cuellar.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 28th Congressional District of Texas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Henry Cuellar (D) was unchallenged in the Democratic primary and faces no Republican opponent in the general election. Therefore, he should easily be re-elected in November.

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 was October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to election).[5]

See also: Texas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Henry Cuellar (D), who was first elected in 2004.

Texas' 28th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes Bexar, Wilson, Atascosa, McMullen, Webb, Zapata, Starr and Hildago counties.[6]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Henry Cuellar
Libertarian Party Will Aikens
Green Party Michael Cary

March 4, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party Convention

Key votes

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

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Yea3.png On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[7][8] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[8] Henry Cuellar dissented from the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[7][8]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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.[9] 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.[10] Henry Cuellar voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Yea3.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.[12] 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. Henry Cuellar voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$745,369.64$99,255.67$(181,085.00)$663,540.31
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$663,540.31$279,860.00$(75,930.46)$867,469.85
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$867,469.85$193,818.44$(100,923.63)$960,364.66
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$960,364$171,080$(132,409)$999,035
Pre-Primary[18]February 20, 2014$999,035$30,486$(39,382)$990,139
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$990,139$182,513$(44,327)$1,128,325
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2014$1,128,325$217,580$(81,698)$1,264,207
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2014$1,264,207$240,710$(110,941)$1,393,976
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 28th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Henry Cuellar (D) won re-election. He defeated William Hayward (R), Patrick Hisel (L) and Michael Cary (G) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, Texas District 28 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Cuellar Incumbent 67.9% 112,456
     Republican William R. Hayward 29.8% 49,309
     Libertarian Patrick Hisel 1.5% 2,473
     Green Michael D. Cary 0.8% 1,407
Total Votes 165,645
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Henry Cuellar won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bryan Underwood (R) and Stephen Kaat (L) in the general election.[23]

U.S. House, Texas District 28 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Cuellar incumbent 56.3% 62,773
     Republican Bryan Underwood 42% 46,740
     Libertarian Stephen Kaat 1.7% 1,889
Total Votes 111,402

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. 7.0 7.1 The Hill, "House votes to condemn administration over Taliban prisoner swap," September 9, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 485," accessed September 10, 2014
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Cuellar April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Cuellar July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Cuellar October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Cuellar Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Cuellar Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Cuellar April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Cuellar July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Cuellar October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  22. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013