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Texas' 30th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 30th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Eddie Bernice Johnson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Eddie Bernice Johnson Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 30th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson (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 Eddie Bernice Johnson (D), who was first elected in 1993. She won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 30th Congressional District was located in the northern portion of the state, and included part of Dallas 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]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Eddie Bernice JohnsonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Travis Washington, Jr.
Libertarian Party Ed Rankin


May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Independent Independent candidates

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 30 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 78.8% 171,059
     Republican Travis Washington, Jr. 19% 41,222
     Libertarian Ed Rankin 2.2% 4,733
Total Votes 217,014
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

According to Politico, incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson faced serious primary competition this year. Both Barbara Mallory Caraway and Taj Clayton were legitimate threats to the 10-term Johnson, and Clayton raised significant funds and created a compelling ad. Additionally, national super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability launched an ad campaign against the incumbent. For her part, Johnson was emphasizing her endorsement from Barack Obama, important in a majority-black district.[10]

Eddie Bernice Johnson is one of two Democratic congressman in Texas that was targeted by the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC focused on unseating incumbents whose constituents were dissatisfied.[11]

The other Democratic congressman who was targeted was Silvestre Reyes of Texas' 16th Congressional District.[11]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

Texas' 30th Congressional District was largely unaffected by the redistricting process. The district has increased in area and now extends all the way west to the border of Dallas County. The district still contains much of the Dallas metropolitan area and remains largely Democratic.

The 30th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[12][13]

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' 30th District became more Republican as a result of redistricting.[14]

  • 2012: 75D / 25R
  • 2010: 78D / 22R

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' 30th Congressional District has a PVI of D+23, which is the 32nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 79-21 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 70-30 percent over George W. Bush.[15]

The 30th Congressional District of Texas, after redistricting.

The 30th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.









PAC targeting

Incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson was targeted by the Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability.[16] The Houston Chronicle reported that the PAC targeted Johnson because she was a long-standing incumbent, her constituents were dissatisfied, and there was a capable challenger.[17] The PAC's efforts will benefit Democratic primary challengers Taj Clayton and Barbara Mallory Caraway.[18]

Campaign finance

As of March 31, 2012, Johnson had an advantage over her primary competitors in fundraising, having raised $464,796 to Clayton's $348,615 and Caraway's $54,057.[19]

Of the money raised by Johnson, roughly two-thirds of it came from PAC contributions, with the remaining third from individual contributors. In contrast, over 99% of the funds raised by Clayton came from individual contributions. Caraway's campaign received most of its contributions from individual contributors as well.[19]

Eddie Bernice Johnson
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Taj Clayton
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Barbara Mallory Carraway
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Campaign ads

Taj Clayton
Taj Clayton Ad: "Running For You"

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.

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Eddie Bernice Johnson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2012$228,053.23$203,830$(69,487.27)$362,395.96
Pre-Primary[21]May 17, 2012$362,395.96$97,560.50$(87,379.27)$372,577.19
Running totals
$301,390.5$(156,866.54)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Eddie Bernice Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Stephen E. Broden (R) and J.B. Oswalt (L).[22]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 75.7% 86,322
     Republican Stephen E. Broden 21.6% 24,668
     Libertarian J.B. Oswalt 2.6% 2,988
Total Votes 113,978

2008

On November 4, 2008, Eddie Bernice Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Fred Wood (R) and Jarrett Woods (L).[23]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 82.5% 168,249
     Republican Fred Wood 15.9% 32,361
     Libertarian Jarrett Woods 1.7% 3,366
Total Votes 203,976

2006

On November 7, 2006, Eddie Bernice Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Wilson Aurbach (R) and Ken Ashby (L).[24]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 80.2% 81,348
     Republican Wilson Aurbach 17.6% 17,850
     Libertarian Ken Ashby 2.2% 2,250
Total Votes 101,448

2004

On November 2, 2004, Eddie Bernice Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Davis (L).[25]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 93% 144,513
     Libertarian John Davis 7% 10,821
Total Votes 155,334

2002

On November 5, 2002, Eddie Bernice Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Ron Bush (R) and Lance Flores (L).[26]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 74.3% 88,980
     Republican Ron Bush 24.2% 28,981
     Libertarian Lance Flores 1.5% 1,856
Total Votes 119,817

2000

On November 7, 2000, Eddie Bernice Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Kelly Rush (L).[27]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 91.8% 109,163
     Libertarian Kelly Rush 8.2% 9,798
Total Votes 118,961

1998

On November 3, 1998, Eddie Bernice Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Carrie Kelleher (R) and Barbara Robinson (L).[28]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 1998
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 72.2% 57,603
     Republican Carrie Kelleher 26.8% 21,338
     Libertarian Barbara Robinson 1% 811
Total Votes 79,752

See also

Additional reading

External links

References

  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Texas Secretary of State "2012 Primary Election Calendar," accessed July 27, 2012
  3. Texas Secretary of State "You Must Register By...," accessed July 27, 2012
  4. Texas Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 24, 2012
  5. Texas Secretary of State, "Important 2012 Election Dates," accessed July 15, 2011
  6. Washington Post, "Federal court orders May 29 primary date for Texas in redistricting case
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Dallas Morning News, "It's official: Barbara Mallory Caraway to run against Eddie Bernice Johnson for Congress", September 12, 2011
  8. Democratic candidate list
  9. Republican candidates for U.S. House
  10. Politico, "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Texas Watchdog, "Houston super PAC aims to defeat Texas congressmen," April 9, 2012
  12. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Texas's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  13. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  14. FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Texas," September 2012
  15. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  16. Texas Watchdog "Houston super PAC aims to defeat Texas congressmen," April 10, 2012
  17. Houston Chronicle blog "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012
  18. New York Times "In Democratic Primary, Taking On a Dallas Institution," April 26, 2012
  19. 19.0 19.1 OpenSecrets.org, Texas' 30th Congressional District 2012 race, Accessed April 20, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Eddie Bernice Johnson April Quarterly," accessed July 17, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Eddie Bernice Johnson Pre-Primary," accessed July 17, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"