Texas' 35th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 35th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Lloyd Doggett Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Newly created district

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 35th Congressional District of Texas is a new district created during the recent redistricting cycle as a result of the 2010 Census. It held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Lloyd Doggett (D) was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. He decided to run for Texas' 35 district seat, after redistricting, instead of his old 25th District seat.[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: There was no incumbent prior to this election, as the district was newly created following the 2010 Census

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 35th Congressional District was located in the central portion of the state, and included portions of Travis, Hayes, Caldwell, Comal, and Bexar counties.[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]

Politico has listed the 35th District race as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012.[7]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Lloyd DoggettGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Susan Narvaiz
Libertarian Party Ross Lynn Leone
Green Party Meghan Owen
Independent Simon Alvarado (Write-in)

May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: The following candidates withdrew prior to the primary: Patrick Shearer

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 35 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLloyd Doggett Incumbent 63.9% 105,626
     Republican Susan Narvaiz 32% 52,894
     Libertarian Ross Lynn Leone 2.5% 4,082
     Green Meghan Owen 1.5% 2,540
     Write-in Simon Alvarado 0% 37
Total Votes 165,179
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 35th District was created 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' 35th District became more Democratic as a result of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 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' 35th Congressional District has a PVI of D+9, which is the 111th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 64-36 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 57-43 percent over George W. Bush.[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.

Lloyd Doggett

Lloyd Doggett (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2012$3,382,349.30$150,419$(349,848.07)$3,182,920.23
Pre-Primary[16]May 17, 2012$3,182,920.23$123,541.64$(412,156.72)$2,894,305.15
Running totals

Susan Narvaiz

Susan Narvaiz (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 14, 2012$3,752.77$32,691$(25,587.96)$10,855.81
Pre-Primary[18]May 17, 2012$10,311.88$20,408.05$(23,537.76)$7,182.17
Running totals

Texas' 35th Congressional District was ranked by the National Journal as one of the ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting.[19]

See also

External links


  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. Politico, "5 primaries to watch" accessed April 18, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star-Telegram, "Castro To Take On Doggett for New Congressional Seat", June 24, 2011
  9. Democratic candidate list
  10. Republican candidates for U.S. House
  11. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Texas's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  12. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  13. FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Texas," September 2012
  14. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Lloyd Doggett April Quarterly," accessed July 17, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Lloyd Doggett Pre-Primary," accessed July 17, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Susan Narvaiz April Quarterly," accessed July 17, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Susan Narvaiz Pre-Primary," accessed July 17, 2012
  19. National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS," accessed March 31, 2012