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Texas' 25th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 25th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Roger Williams Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Lloyd Doggett Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 25th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Roger Williams (R) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Due to redistricting, incumbent Lloyd Doggett (D) ran for election to Texas' 35th District seat.[1] This switched partisan control of the district.

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: Democrat Lloyd Doggett, who represented 25th Congressional District of Texas since 2005, would run for re-election in the new 35th District.[4]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 25th Congressional District was located in the central portion of the state, and included Hays, Travis, Burnett, Lampasas, Coryell, Hamilton, Erath, Sommerell, Bosque, Hill and Johnson counties.[5]

* 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.[6] 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.[7]

The 25th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.

Primary runoff

The close race between Wes Riddle and Roger Williams was decided by a primary runoff election. This meant that it was likely decided by a very small percentage of voters. In 2000, runoff elections attracted roughly 2% of registered voters, while in 1996, they drew between 3 and 4% of registered voters.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Elaine Henderson
Republican Party Roger WilliamsGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Betsy Dewey


July 31, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates

May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party candidate

Independent Independent candidates

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 25 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Williams 58.4% 154,245
     Democratic Elaine M. Henderson 37.4% 98,827
     Libertarian Betsy Dewey 4.1% 10,860
Total Votes 263,932
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 25th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[11][12]

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' 25th District became more Republican as a result of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 40D / 60R
  • 2010: 56D / 44R

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' 25th Congressional District has a PVI of R+10, which is the 105th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 57-43 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 62-38 percent over John Kerry (D).[14]

Campaign issues

  • Obama impeachment
Tea Party activist Wes Riddle campaigned on a platform that involved impeaching President Barack Obama. He promised to begin the impeachment process as soon as he entered Congress, because of a treaty in which Obama ceded seven islands in the Arctic Ocean to Russia. In actuality, the island were ceded in 1991 under President George H.W. Bush.[15]
Riddle also stated that he wanted to impeach Obama because of "President Obama’s abuse of power and blatant disregard to the Constitution."[15]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Lloyd Doggett won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Donna Campbell (R) and Jim Stutsman (L).[16]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 25, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLloyd Doggett Incumbent 52.8% 99,967
     Republican Donna Campbell 44.8% 84,849
     Libertarian Jim Stutsman 2.3% 4,431
Total Votes 189,247

See also

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