Texas State Senate elections, 2014

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Texas State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013.

Elections to all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Texas State Legislature, also took place in 2014. Seven statewide elected positions in the state government, including the office of Governor of Texas, were also at stake.

Both chambers of the Texas State Legislature were dominated by Republicans heading into November 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Texas State Senate. The Republican majority increased from 18 to 20 seats. The Democratic Party sustained a net loss of one seat, dropping from 12 to 11 seats. The chamber's vacant seat was filled during the general election.

Incumbents retiring

In the 15 Texas senate districts with elections in 2014, three incumbents chose not to seek re-election. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Dan Patrick Ends.png Republican Senate District 7
Ken Paxton Ends.png Republican Senate District 8
Wendy Davis Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 10

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Texas State Senate:

Texas State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 12 11
     Republican Party 18 20
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 31 31

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Texas State Senate, a candidate must be:[1]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 26 years old before the general election
  • A five-year resident of Texas before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election

Redistricting lawsuit

The Texas State Legislature was sued for unconstitutional redistricting of the state house districts following the 2010 census.[2] The U.S. Department of Justice argued on July 14, 2014, that the redistricting of the state's legislative districts "discriminated against Hispanic voters and tried to protect Republican incumbents."[3] In 2013, Texas was one of fifteen states with a history of voting discrimination that was deemed by the high court as no longer needing approval from Washington under the Voting Rights Act to change election laws.[4][5] The Justice Department argued that Texas should still be required to obtain federal approval. Attorney for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Bryan Sells, said that Texas has "adopted maps that discriminated against its citizens" since 1970.[5] Patrick Sweeten, an Assistant Texas Attorney General, said, "No one in the Texas Legislature discriminated on the basis of race."[5] If the Texas Legislature is proven to be guilty of discrimination, it could have to be approved for election or voting law changes by the U.S. Attorney General or federal judges.[3] A map of the State House districts for the 83rd Legislature can be found on the Texas Legislative Council website (timed out). This lawsuit had no effect on the 2014 legislative elections.

2014 Competitiveness Overview
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 7 of the 15 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of one Democrat and six Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances. Just one of these seats, District 10, held competitive elections in 2012.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in 8 of the 19 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

Six incumbents faced primary competition on March 4. One of them, long-time incumbent John Carona, narrowly lost his March 4 bid for another term to newcomer Donald Huffines. Another incumbent, Bob Deuell, was defeated in the May 27 runoff election by Bob Hall. Six incumbents sailed through the primary without an opponent.

The state senators who faced primary opposition were:

Retiring incumbents

Three incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 12 (80.0%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Democrat and two Republicans, can be found above.

List of candidates

District 2

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Republican Party May 27 Republican runoff candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

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Republican Party Bob Hall: 99,925 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Don Bates: 19,626

District 3

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
  • Robert Nichols: 70,138 Approveda - Incumbent Nichols first assumed office in 2007.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Robert Nichols: 140,069 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party J. Tyler Lindsay: 14,605

District 5

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joel Shapiro: 54,286
Republican Party Charles Schwertner: 112,930 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Matthew Whittington: 6,595

District 7

Note: Incumbent Dan Patrick (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:

Note: Michael Shawn Kelly did not appear on the primary election ballot.

Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Davis: 45,230
Republican Party Paul Bettencourt: 123,551 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Whitney Bilyeu: 3,244

District 8

Note: Incumbent Ken Paxton (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Van Taylor: 114,498 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Scott Jameson: 30,312

District 9

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
  • Kelly Hancock: 27,379 Approveda - Incumbent Hancock first assumed office in 2013.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Greg Perry: 47,965
Republican Party Kelly Hancock: 89,331 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Nicolas Wallace was removed from the candidate list before the election.

District 10

Note: Incumbent Wendy Davis (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:

Note: George Boll withdrew before the primary but remained on the primary election ballot.

Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Republican Party May 27 Republican runoff candidates:
Green Party Green candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Libby Willis: 80,872
Republican Party Konni Burton: 95,532 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party John Tunmire: 1,094
Libertarian Party Gene Lord: 3,340

District 14

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Kirk Watson: 36,761 Approveda - Incumbent Watson first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kirk Watson: 154,391 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party James Strohm: 38,648

District 15

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Whitmire: 74,192 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ron Hale: 48,249
Libertarian Party Gilberto Velasquez, Jr.: 2,947

District 16

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

Note: Dooling did not appear on the general election ballot.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Donald Huffines Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
Green Party Green candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rita Lucido: 60,934
Republican Party Joan Huffman: 113,817 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party George Hardy: 3,642
Green Party David Courtney: 1,303

District 23

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Royce West: 32,493 Approveda - Incumbent West first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Royce West: 99,102 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Lawson: 23,520
Libertarian Party Jonathan F. Erhardt: 2,204

District 25

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Boone: 75,012
Republican Party Donna Campbell: 153,536 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Brandin Lea: 7,106

District 30

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
  • Craig Estes: 57,911 Approveda - Incumbent Estes first assumed office in 2001.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Craig Estes: 140,240 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Cory Lane: 21,599

District 31

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kel Seliger: 107,030 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Steven Gibson: 11,355

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