Texas' 30th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 29, 2012
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Eddie Bernice Johnson
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Election results
- 3 Race background
- 4 Impact of redistricting
- 5 PAC targeting
- 6 Campaign finance
- 7 Campaign ads
- 8 Campaign contributions
- 9 District history
- 10 See also
- 11 Additional reading
- 12 External links
- 13 References
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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. For the July 31, 2012, the vote registration deadline was July 2. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.
- 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.
* 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. 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.
General election candidates
May 29, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Texas District 30 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Eddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent||78.8%||171,059|
|Republican||Travis Washington, Jr.||19%||41,222|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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.
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.
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.
- 22 percent from the 24th Congressional District
- 76 percent from the 30th Congressional District
- 1 percent from the 32nd Congressional District
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.
- 2012: 75D / 25R
- 2010: 78D / 22R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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.
Incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson was targeted by the Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability. 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. The PAC's efforts will benefit Democratic primary challengers Taj Clayton and Barbara Mallory Caraway.
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.
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.
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|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$228,053.23||$203,830||$(69,487.27)||$362,395.96|
|Pre-Primary||May 17, 2012||$362,395.96||$97,560.50||$(87,379.27)||$372,577.19|
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|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2004|
|Democratic||Eddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent||93%||144,513|
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2000|
|Democratic||Eddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent||91.8%||109,163|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012
- Texas Democrats - candidate list
- Texas GOP - candidate list
- Texas Libertarian Party - candidate list
- Texas Green Party - candidate list
- Texas Secretary of State - Independent candidate list
- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State "2012 Primary Election Calendar," accessed July 27, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State "You Must Register By...," accessed July 27, 2012
- Texas Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 24, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Important 2012 Election Dates," accessed July 15, 2011
- Washington Post, "Federal court orders May 29 primary date for Texas in redistricting case
- The Dallas Morning News, "It's official: Barbara Mallory Caraway to run against Eddie Bernice Johnson for Congress", September 12, 2011
- Democratic candidate list
- Republican candidates for U.S. House
- Politico, "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012
- Texas Watchdog, "Houston super PAC aims to defeat Texas congressmen," April 9, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Texas's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Texas," September 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- Texas Watchdog "Houston super PAC aims to defeat Texas congressmen," April 10, 2012
- Houston Chronicle blog "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012
- New York Times "In Democratic Primary, Taking On a Dallas Institution," April 26, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, Texas' 30th Congressional District 2012 race, Accessed April 20, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Eddie Bernice Johnson April Quarterly," accessed July 17, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Eddie Bernice Johnson Pre-Primary," accessed July 17, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"