United States Senate elections in Texas, 2014

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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
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Texas will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent John Cornyn was initially thought to be vulnerable in the primary, due to Rep. Steve Stockman's entrance into the race and Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse the incumbent. However, as the primary approached it became clear that neither Stockman nor the other primary challengers were a legitimate threat to Cornyn. He was able to easily avoid a runoff election by securing nearly 60% of the primary vote.[3] With the primary threat over, Cornyn is expected to win re-election in November. He will face David Alameel (D) and several third-party candidates in the general election.

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.[4][5]

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).[6]

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

Republican Party John Cornyn
Democratic Party David Alameel
Libertarian Party Rebecca Paddock
Green Party Emily Marie Sanchez
Independent Avery Ayers
Independent Frank Earl Kelland
Independent Michael Powell
Independent David Smith


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

Republican Party David Barton[9][10]
Republican Party Erick Wyatt[11]


Primary results

U.S. Senate, Texas Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cornyn Incumbent 59.4% 781,259
Steve Stockman 19.1% 251,577
Dwayne Stovall 10.7% 140,794
Linda Vega 3.8% 50,057
Ken Cope 2.6% 34,409
Chris Mapp 1.8% 23,535
Reid Reasor 1.6% 20,600
Curt Cleaver 0.9% 12,325
Total Votes 1,314,556
Source: Texas Secretary of State


U.S. Senate, Texas Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Alameel 47% 239,914
Green check mark transparent.pngKesha Rogers 21.6% 110,146
Maxey Marie Scherr 17.7% 90,359
Harry Kim 8.9% 45,207
Michael Fjetland 4.8% 24,383
Total Votes 510,009
Source: Texas Secretary of State
U.S. Senate, Texas Runoff Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Alameel 72.2% 145,052
Kesha Rogers 27.8% 55,956
Total Votes 201,008
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

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."[12]

Rep. Steve Stockman's entrance into the race initially represented a possible strong primary challenge to Cornyn. However, it was relatively short-lived. Cornyn's massive fundraising advantage proved to be too much for Stockman to overcome, and Cornyn easily won the primary with nearly 60% of the vote.[3][13]

With the primary threat lifted, Cornyn is expected to easily defeat Democrat David Alameel in the November general election.

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

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 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.[14] 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.[15]

Controversy

Stockman arrest record

Stockman denied allegations from the Cornyn 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."[16]

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.[16]

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

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John Cornyn

John Cornyn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$2,671,655.28$1,854,913.27$(347,519.79)$4,179,048.76
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$4,179,048.76$2,329,648.14$(521,702.95)$5,986,993.95
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$5,986,993.95$1,796,856.20$(870,075.51)$6,913,774.64
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$6,913,774$1,477,419$(1,891,045)$6,500,149
Pre-Primary[21]February 20, 2014$6,500,149$927,645$(2,628,556)$4,799,238
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$4,799,238$1,393,992$(2,845,848)$3,347,382
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$3,347,382$1,294,883$(843,805)$3,798,460
Running totals
$11,075,356.61$(9,948,552.25)

David Alameel

David Alameel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[24]February 6, 2014$0$1,000,000.00$(257,586)$742,413
Pre-Primary[25]February 20, 2014$742,413$2,779,364$(3,039,471)$482,306
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$482,306$5,613,799$(5,909,253)$186,852
Pre-Run-Off[27]May 15, 2014$186,852$17,442$(139,343)$64,952
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2014$64,952$262,967$(202,678)$125,240
Running totals
$9,673,572$(9,548,331)

**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Alameel's committee owed $5,300,000 in outstanding loans to David Alameel.

Kesha Rogers

Kesha Rogers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[29]January 29, 2014$0$13,231$(8,424)$4,807
Pre-Primary[30]February 14, 2014$4,807$13,468$(15,715)$2,560
April Quarterly[31]April 10, 2014$2,560$32,477$(30,962)$4,074
Running totals
$59,176$(55,101)

Michael Fjetland

Michael Fjetland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[32]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[33]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[34]January 31, 2014$0$206,532$(6,374)$200,157
Running totals
$206,532$(6,374)

Curt Cleaver

Curt Cleaver (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$29$986$(933)$82
July Quarterly[36]July 10, 2013$82$801$(858)$25
October Quarterly[37]October 11, 2013$25$227$(204)$48
Year-End[38]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[39]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[40]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[41]April 15, 2013$367$65,820$(50,251)$19,248
July Quarterly[42]July 14, 2013$19,248$84,285$(72,671)$30,862
October Quarterly[43]October 16, 2013$30,862$115,401$(106,762)$39,502
Year-End[44]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[45]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[46]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.[47]

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

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