Texas' 27th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 27th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

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

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The 27th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Blake Farenthold (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 Blake Farenthold (R), who was first elected in 2010. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 27th Congressional District was located in the southern portion of the state, and included Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Lavaca, Wharton, Matagorda, Jackson, Victoria, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas, San Patricio, Nueces counties.[4]

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[5] Farenthold ranked 1st on the list.[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 27th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Rose Meza Harrison
Republican Party Blake FarentholdGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Corrie Byrd
Independent William Bret Baldwin


July 31, 2012 Democratic primary runoff candidates

May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

U.S. House, Texas District 27 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Farenthold Incumbent 56.8% 120,684
     Democratic Rose Meza Harrison 39.2% 83,395
     Independent Bret Baldwin 2.5% 5,354
     Libertarian Corrie Byrd 1.5% 3,218
Total Votes 212,651
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 27 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Farenthold Incumbent 70.8% 28,058
Trey Roberts 11.7% 4,653
Don Al Middlebrook 9.3% 3,676
John Grunwald 8.2% 3,256
Total Votes 39,643
U.S. House, Texas, District 27 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRose Meza Harrison 60.6% 7,024
Jerry J. Trevino 39.4% 4,565
Total Votes 11,589

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[5] Farenthold ranked 1st on the list.[5] The article noted that in redistricting the new Republican map moved Farenthold's district into "white, heavily Republican Corpus Christi, Texas."[5] Assuming no major Republican competition in a primary and the new map stood up to the legal challenges, Farenthold would go from an "accidental winner" in 2010[5] into a second-term incumbent in a safe Republican district.[5]

The 27th 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' 27th District became more Republican as a result of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 37D / 63R
  • 2010: 50D / 50R

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' 27th Congressional District has a PVI of R+13, which is the 77th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 60-40 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).[14]

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.

Blake Farenthold

Blake Farenthold (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 13, 2012$310,379.05$107,564.61$(168,511.40)$249,432.26
Pre-Primary[16]May 17, 2012$249,432.26$31,079.50$(216,770.44)$63,741.32
Running totals
$138,644.11$(385,281.84)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Blake Farenthold won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Solomon P. Ortiz (D) and Ed Mishou (L).[17]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 27, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngR. Blake Farenthold 47.9% 50,976
     Democratic Solomon P. Ortiz Incumbent 47.1% 50,179
     Libertarian Ed Mishou 5% 5,376
Total Votes 106,531

See also

External links

References