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Texas' 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mac Thornberry Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mac Thornberry Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 13th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Mac Thornberry (R) was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 9, 2012
May 29, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Texas has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party. Texas also scheduled a primary runoff for July 31, 2012.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 30.[2] For the July 31, 2012, the vote registration deadline was July 2. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[3]

See also: Texas elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Mac Thornberry (R), who was first elected in 1995. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 13th Congressional District was located in the northern portion of the state, and included Dallam, Hartley, Oldham, Deaf Smith, Sherman, Moore, Potter, Randall, Swisher, Floyd, Briscoe, Armstrong, Carson, Hutchinson, Hansford, Ochltree, Roberts, Gray, Donley, Hall, Motley, Dickens, King, Cottle, Childress, Collingsworth, Wheeler, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Knox, Foard, Hardeman, Wilbarger, Baylor, Wichita, Archer, Clay, Montague, Cooke, Wise, and Jack counties.[4]

* Redistricting note: Due to legal turmoil in the redistricting process, filing deadlines were changed twice and the primary was changed once. The original filing deadline was December 12th.[5] That deadline was first moved to December 15th and then December 19th by a federal court due to delays caused by redistricting legal challenges. When a final map was issued, the December 19th deadline was once again moved to March 9 to allow candidates more time to file in light of the delays and map ambiguities. The primary date was first moved from March 6 to April 3, 2012 before finally settling on May 29.[6]

The 13th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.


General election candidates

Republican Party Mac ThornberryGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party John Robert Deek
Green Party Keith Houston

May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates filed.

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party candidate

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMac Thornberry Incumbent 91% 187,775
     Libertarian John Robert Deek 6.2% 12,701
     Green Keith F. Houston 2.9% 5,912
Total Votes 206,388
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 13th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Texas' 13th District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 19D / 81R
  • 2010: 19D / 81R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Texas' 13th Congressional District has a PVI of R+29, which is the most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 78-22 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 78-22 percent over John Kerry (D).[11]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Mac Thornberry

Mac Thornberry (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$382,653.35$221,739.86$(95,771.72)$508,621.49
Pre-Primary[13]May 17, 2012$508,621.49$49,684.06$(26,832.62)$531,472.93
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2004, Mac Thornberry won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Kent Hargett (D) and Bruce West (L).[14]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 13, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMac Thornberry Incumbent 92.3% 189,448
     Libertarian M.J. Smith 7.7% 15,793
Total Votes 205,241

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