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Primaries

Senate

  • District 3: Incumbent John Pinto (D), who had been in office for 34 years, faced a primary challenge from Matthew Tso. Tso was defeated.[1]
  • District 8: Incumbent Pete Campos (D) faced state house District 68 incumbent Thomas Garcia (D). Campos defeated Garcia in the primary on June 5.[1]
  • The Democratic primary in District 30 was one of the closest races in the state, and a winner was not officially declared until mid-July. Eventually, Clemente Sanchez was named the winner by 11 votes over his niece, Maxine R. Velasquez.
  • District 33: Incumbent Republicans Bill Burt and Rod Adair were thrust into the same district via the redistricting process. However, after initially declaring to run, Adair withdrew in advance of the primary.[2]

House

  • District 66: Incumbent Dennis Kintigh was defeated by incumbent Bob Wooley in the Republican primary. No Democrats filed to run in the 66th District, leaving Wooley unopposed in his re-election bid on November 6.

General election

Senate

  • District 17: In the 2008 Democratic primary, Timothy M. Keller defeated then-incumbent Shannon Robinson in a rough campaign. In 2012, Robinson vowed to defeat Keller, but this time, as a Republican. The two faced off in the general election on November 6, but Keller successfully kept his seat.[4]
  • District 29: Incumbent Michael Sanchez (D) defeated state house District 7 incumbent David Chavez (R) in the general election. The race was a rematch of a 2000 state senate race, won by Sanchez.[1] Republican-backed PACs spent heavily to defeat Sanchez.[5]
  • District 32: Money poured in to help Tea Party challenger Cliff R. Pirtle defeat longtime incumbent Timothy Z. Jennings (D). Jennings was a popular moderate Democrat in a generally conservative district, but it was not enough to overcome Jennings, who won the seat.[5]

House


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