Texas' 36th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 36th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Steve Stockman Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Newly created district

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 36th Congressional District of Texas is a new district that was 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.

Steve Stockman (R) was 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: 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' 36th Congressional District was located in the far eastern portion of the state, and included Newton, Jasper, Orange, Tyler, Polk, Liberty, Chambers, and Harris 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]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Max Martin
Republican Party Steve StockmanGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Michael Cole

July 31, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates


May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Independent Independent candidate

Note: Chester Nabours did not appear on the ballot.

Election results

U.S. House, Texas District 36 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stockman 70.7% 165,405
     Democratic Max Martin 26.6% 62,143
     Libertarian Michael K. Cole 2.7% 6,284
Total Votes 233,832
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 36 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stockman 55.3% 21,472
Stephen Takach 44.7% 17,378
Total Votes 38,850
U.S. House, Texas District 36 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Takach Incumbent 22.4% 12,208
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stockman 21.8% 11,858
Mike Jackson 19.8% 10,786
Jim Engstrand 9.4% 5,114
Ky D. Griffin 7.4% 4,025
Charles Meyer 4% 2,156
Kim Morrell 3.5% 1,930
Lois Dickson Myers 2.9% 1,558
Jerry Doyle 2.7% 1,479
Keith Casey 2.3% 1,225
Daniel Whitton 2% 1,110
Tim Wintill 1.8% 984
Total Votes 54,433

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 36th District was created after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

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. Partisanship figures for this district relating to the incumbent are unavailable due to the seat being open.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

See also

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References