Texas' 18th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 18th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee (D) 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 Sheila Jackson Lee (D), who was first elected in 1994. She won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 18th Congressional District was located in the eastern portion of the state, and included part of Harris county.[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 18th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Sheila Jackson LeeGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sean Seibert
Libertarian Party Christopher Barber


May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Jackson Lee Incumbent 75% 146,223
     Republican Sean Seibert 22.6% 44,015
     Libertarian Christopher Barber 2.4% 4,694
Total Votes 194,932
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 18th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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' 18th District became more Republican as a result of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 73D / 27R
  • 2010: 74D / 26R

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' 18th Congressional District has a PVI of D+22, which is the 40th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 77-23 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 70-30 percent over George W. Bush.[12]

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.

Sheila Jackson Lee

Sheila Jackson Lee (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 7, 2012$178,974.44$24,500$(45,120.12)$158,354.32
Pre-Primary[14]May 12, 2012$158,354.32$21,507$(16,281.30)$163,580.02
Running totals
$46,007$(61,401.42)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Sheila Jackson Lee won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Faulk (R), Mike Taylor (L), and Chuck Meyer (Write-in).[15]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 18, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Jackson Lee Incumbent 70.2% 85,108
     Republican John Faulk 27.3% 33,067
     Libertarian Mike Taylor 2.6% 3,118
     Write-in Charles B. (ChuckM) Meyer 0% 28
Total Votes 121,321

See also

External links

References