Vote button trans.png
April's Project of the Month
It's spring time. It's primary election season!
Click here to find all the information you'll need to cast your ballot.




United States Senate elections in Texas, 2014

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search


CongressLogo.png

2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Texas

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
John Cornyn Republican Party
John Cornyn.jpg

Race Rating
Pending

Other Senate Elections
Alabama • Alaska • Arkansas • Colorado • Delaware • Georgia • Idaho • Illinois • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Montana • Nebraska • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • North Carolina • Oklahoma • Oregon • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Virginia • West Virginia • Wyoming

2014 U.S. House Elections

Flag of Texas.png
Voters in Texas will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 9, 2013
March 4, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Texas is 1 of 22 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.[1][2]

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).[3]

See also: Texas elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by John Cornyn (R). Cornyn was first elected in 2002.

Candidates

General election candidates


May 27, 2014, primary runoff
Democratic Party Democratic candidates

March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party Convention

Independent Independent candidates

Not running

Primary results

U.S. Senate, Texas Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cornyn Incumbent 59.4% 778,967
Steve Stockman 19.1% 250,759
Dwayne Stovall 10.7% 140,407
Linda Vega 3.8% 50,076
Ken Cope 2.6% 34,008
Chris Mapp 1.8% 23,230
Reid Reasor 1.6% 20,552
Curt Cleaver 0.9% 12,352
Total Votes 1,310,351
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


U.S. Senate, Texas Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Alameel 47.1% 238,618
Green check mark transparent.pngKesha Rogers 21.7% 110,160
Maxey Marie Scherr 17.7% 89,735
Harry Kim 8.9% 45,324
Michael Fjetland 4.6% 23,175
Total Votes 507,012
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Cornyn is taking the threat of a strong primary challenge seriously. Fellow Texas senator Ted Cruz refused to endorse his colleague, John Cornyn, or any other incumbent. He stated, "I think every elected official, including me, owes it to the people, owes it the grass roots, to go and make the case to the grass roots why he or she is representing their interests."[9]

Rep. Steve Stockman's entrance into the race represents a possible strong primary challenge to Cornyn. One obstacle that Stockman will have to overcome should he have a chance to defeat Cornyn is the massive difference in campaign cash between the two candidates. As of the latest campaign finance reports, Cornyn had roughly $7 million to Stockman's $32,000.[10]

Issues

Government shutdown

John Cornyn

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds 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.[11] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. John Cornyn voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[12]

Controversy

Stockman arrest record

Stockman denied allegations from the Cornyh campaign that he was tried with a felony in 1977. He filed a libel lawsuit against Texas for a Conservative Majority, accusing the PAC of "falsely asserting that he was charged with a felony." The suit reads, "This case involves some of the most outrageous, malicious defamation ever recorded in Harris County."[13]

According to the arrest record, Stockman was initially charged with felony possession of Valium, but the charges were dropped when he pleaded no contest to "use of a controlled substance" - a misdemeanor.[13]

Polls

John Cornyn vs. Steve Stockman
Poll John Cornyn Steve StockmanUnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing (February 10 - 12)
43%28%29%+/-3.6729
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media

John Cornyn


Senator John Cornyn: Keep Texas Red

Senator John Cornyn - Astonishing

Dwayne Stovall


Dwayne Stovall: Turtle Soup

Campaign contributions

Candidate Ballot Access
Ballot Access Requirements Final.jpg

Find detailed information on ballot access requirements in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

John Cornyn

John Cornyn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$2,671,655.28$1,854,913.27$(347,519.79)$4,179,048.76
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$4,179,048.76$2,329,648.14$(521,702.95)$5,986,993.95
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$5,986,993.95$1,796,856.20$(870,075.51)$6,913,774.64
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$6,913,774$1,477,419$(1,891,045)$6,500,149
Running totals
$7,458,836.61$(3,630,343.25)

David Alameel

David Alameel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[18]February 6, 2014$0$1,000,000$(257,586)$742,413
Running totals
$1,000,000$(257,586)

Michael Fjetland

Michael Fjetland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[19]February 5, 2014$17,000$17,614$(11,160)$6,454
Running totals
$17,614$(11,160)

Harry Kim

Harry Kim (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[20]February 5, 2014$0$6,000$(5,000)$1,000
Running totals
$6,000$(5,000)

Maxey Marie Scherr

Maxey Marie Scherr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[21]January 31, 2014$0$206,532$(6,374)$200,157
Running totals
$206,532$(6,374)

Kesha Rogers

Kesha Rogers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[22]January 29, 2014$0$13,231$(8,424)$4,807
Running totals
$13,231$(8,424)

Curt Cleaver

Curt Cleaver (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$29$986$(933)$82
July Quarterly[24]July 10, 2013$82$801$(858)$25
October Quarterly[25]October 11, 2013$25$227$(204)$48
Year-End[26]January 28, 2014$48$5,401$(5,428)$21
Running totals
$7,415$(7,423)

Ken Cope

Ken Cope (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[27]January 31, 2014$0$8,784$(9,637)$147
Running totals
$8,784$(9,637)

Chris Mapp

Chris Mapp (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[28]January 31, 2014$0$15,891$(15,520)$370
Running totals
$15,891$(15,520)

Steve Stockman

Steve Stockman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$367$65,820$(50,251)$19,248
July Quarterly[30]July 14, 2013$19,248$84,285$(72,671)$30,862
October Quarterly[31]October 16, 2013$30,862$115,401$(106,762)$39,502
Year-End[32]January 31, 2014$39,502$169,297$(161,592)$47,206
Running totals
$434,803$(391,276)

Dwayne Stovall

Dwayne Stovall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[33]January 30, 2014$0$27,935$(23,158)$4,776
Running totals
$27,935$(23,158)

Linda Vega

Linda Vega (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[34]January 30, 2014$0$16,246$(17,665)$-1,418
Running totals
$16,246$(17,665)

Election history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Ted Cruz won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Paul Sadler (D), John Jay Myers (L) and David Collins (G) in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.5% 4,440,137
     Democratic Paul Sadler 40.6% 3,194,927
     Libertarian John Jay Myers 2.1% 162,354
     Green David B. Collins 0.9% 67,404
Total Votes 7,864,822
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2008

On November 4, 2008, John Cornyn won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Richard Noriega (D) and Yvonne Adams Schick (L) in the general election.[35]

U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cornyn incumbent 54.8% 4,337,469
     Democratic Richard Noriega 42.8% 3,389,365
     Libertarian Yvonne Adams Schick 2.3% 185,241
Total Votes 7,912,075

See also

External links

References

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named fairvote
  2. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. VoteTexas.gov, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  4. Campaign website, "Home," accessed September 26, 2013
  5. Examiner.com, "Linda Vega announces run for Cornyn's U.S. Senate seat," October 23, 2013
  6. Politico, "Texas tea party seeks Ted Cruz 2.0: David Barton," November 3, 2013
  7. The Blaze, "Historian David Barton Makes Major Announcement About Potential Senate Run,"November 6, 2013
  8. Erick Wyatt Campaign website, accessed November 12, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Cruz speaks volumes with his silence on Senate GOP colleagues’ primary races," August 24, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Steve Stockman’s controversial tweets and four other things to know about him," December 10, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Texas Tribune, "Stockman's Claims About Record Draw Questions," February 10, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "David Alameel Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Fjetland Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Harry Kim Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Maxey Marie Scherr Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Kesha Rogers Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Curt Cleaver April Quarterly," accessed February 16, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Curt Cleaver July Quarterly," accessed February 16, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Curt Cleaver October Quarterly," accessed February 16, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Curt Cleaver Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Cope Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Mapp Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Stockman Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Dwayne Stovall Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Linda Vega Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013