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Texas State Senate elections, 2012

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2012 Texas State Senate elections

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List of candidates
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Texas State Senate2012 Texas House Elections
Elections for the office of Texas State Senate consisted of a Primary Election on May 29, 2012 and a General Election on November 6, 2012. The Primary Runoff Election took place on July 31, 2012.[1]

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 9, 2012.[2]

All 31 Senate seats were up for election in 2012. Texas Senators serve four year terms. One-half of the Senate membership is elected every two years in even-numbered years, with the exception that all 31 Senate seats are up for election for the first legislature following the decennial census in order to reflect the newly redrawn districts. After the initial election, the Senate is divided by lot into two classes, with one class having a re-election after two years and the other having a re-election after four years.[3]

* Redistricting note: Due to legal turmoil in the redistricting process, the primary was moved back twice. The original filing deadline was December 12th, which was then moved to December 15th. The deadline was further changed to December 19.[4][5] The original primary date was March 6, 2012 and the original primary runoff date was set for May 22, 2012.

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Texas State Senate:

Texas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 12 12
     Republican Party 19 19
Total 31 31


Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Chris Harris Ends.png Republican Senate District 9
Florence Shapiro Ends.png Republican Senate District 8
Mike Jackson Ends.png Republican Senate District 11
Steve Ogden Ends.png Republican Senate District 5

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Texas in past years and the cumulative amount of dollars raised in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[6]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 41 $11,219,972
2008 37 $17,705,611
2006 46 $20,836,417
2004 30 $10,539,364
2002 75 $23,504,855

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $11,219,972 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[7]

Donor Amount
Perry, Bob J $544,500
Border Health $486,750
Texas Association of Realtors $426,548
Bius, Ben $273,790
Texas Medical Association $255,741
Time Warner $251,075
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $218,466
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas $207,232
AT&T $205,850
Associated General Contractors of Texas $180,408

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

With the Republican-controlled legislature's approved maps held up by lawsuits mostly concerned with the Voting Rights Act and minority population growth, Texas' legislative redistricting process remained heavily contentious into 2012, leaving the state to use a set of interim maps released in February by a San Antonio federal court. This was the second set of such plans, as the first had been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in January for not being true to the original maps from the Legislature. The primary was moved back twice, finally happening on May 29. According to the Associated Press, Republicans were expected to win 85 House seats, Democrats 50, with 15 being competitive.[5]

In Texas, there are 10 state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters was less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The 10 districts in Texas were Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Texas State Senate, a candidate must be:[8]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 26 years old before the general election
  • A five-year resident of Texas before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the Senate, the Governor must call a special election to fill the vacant seat[9]. A Governor's proclamation to a special election must be delivered to local elections authorities representing the vacant seat no later than 36 days before the scheduled election[10].

The Secretary of State can declare a candidate duly elected in a special election if there is no opposition[11].

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • Kevin Eltife 71,258 Approveda - Incumbent Eltife first assumed office in 2004.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyStephen H. Russell: 84,262
Republican PartyKevin Eltife: 210,091 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • Bob Deuell 38,092 Approveda - Incumbent Deuell first assumed office in 2003.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyBob Deuell: 172,451 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyRobert Nichols: 226,978 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyTommy Williams: 216,076 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyBob Townsend: 24,445

District 5

Note: Incumbent Steve Ogden (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyCharles Schwertner: 182,554Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyJeffrey Fox: 54,107

District 6

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:
  • Note: Susan Ann Delgado filed for election, but did not appear on the general election ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMario V. Gallegos, Jr.: 93,289 Green check mark transparent.png - Gallegos passed away in October 2012, prior to the election. However, his name still appeared on the ballot.
Republican PartyR.W. Bray: 38,201

Note: Due to the general election win for the deceased Gallegos, a special election was set for January 26, 2013. The winner of this election was set to serve a four year term.[12]

District 7

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • Dan Patrick 43,801 Approveda - Incumbent Patrick first assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartySam Texas: 90,793
Republican PartyDan Patrick: 196,526 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Note: Incumbent Florence Shapiro (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJack G.B. Ternan, Jr.: 99,010
Republican PartyKen Paxton: 178,238 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyEd Kless: 8,899

District 9

Note: Incumbent Chris Harris (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyPete Martinez: 89,255
Republican PartyKelly Hancock: 136,288 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyDave McElwee: 8,034

District 10

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Wendy R. Davis 17,230 Approveda - Incumbent Davis first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWendy R. Davis: 147,103 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyMark Shelton: 140,656

District 11

Note: Incumbent Mike Jackson (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJacqueline Acquistapace: 93,227
Republican PartyLarry Taylor: 181,106 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • Jane Nelson 32,496 Approveda - Incumbent Nelson first assumed office in 1993.
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyJane Nelson: 203,988 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyJohn A. Betz, Jr.: 40,570

District 13

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Rodney Ellis 28,846 Approveda - Incumbent Ellis first assumed office in 1991.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRodney Ellis: 181,866 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Kirk Watson 32,412 Approveda - Incumbent Watson first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyKirk Watson: 212,527 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyRyan M. Dixon: 52,187
Note: Guy Fielder dropped out of the race and did not appear on the general election ballot.[13][14]

District 15

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • John Whitmire 13,819 Approveda - Incumbent Whitmire first assumed office in 1983.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJohn Whitmire: 135,822 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBill Walker: 82,038

District 16

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • John Carona 29,209 Approveda - Incumbent Carona first assumed office in 1997.
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:
Note: Libertarian candidate Jared Leiman was running, but no longer appears on the Libertarian Party of Texas candidate listings.[15]

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyJohn Carona: 181,746 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • Joan Huffman 42,013 Approveda - Incumbent Huffman first assumed office in 2009.
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:
Green Party May 29 Green Party primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyJoan Huffman: 185,429 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyAustin Page: 32,026
Green PartyDavid Courtney: 21,252

District 18

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • Glenn Hegar 51,490 Approveda - Incumbent Hegar first assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyGlenn Hegar: 211,230 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Carlos Uresti 26,306 Approveda - Incumbent Uresti first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyCarlos Uresti: 122,214 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyMichael Berlanga: 83,522

District 20

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Juan Hinojosa 28,820 Approveda - Incumbent Hinojosa first assumed office in 2002.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJuan Hinojosa: 112,629 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyRaul Torres: 70,409

District 21

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJudith Zaffirini: 129,894 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyGrant Rostig: 56,032
Libertarian PartyJoseph Morse: 6,147

District 22

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • Brian Birdwell 54,602 Approveda - Incumbent Birdwell first assumed office in 2010.
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyBrian Birdwell: 188,544 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyTom Kilbride: 32,786
Note: Lyndon Laird dropped out of the race in August 2012 and will not appear on the general election ballot.[16][14]

District 23

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Royce West 32,024 Approveda - Incumbent West first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRoyce West: 187,407 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyJohn Lawson: 41,429

District 24

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • Troy Fraser 59,950 Approveda - Incumbent Fraser first assumed office in 1997.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Troy Fraser: 209,319 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
July 31 Republican primary runoff:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:
  • Note: Edward Carta filed for election, but did not appear on the general election ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Courage: 121,906
Republican Party Donna Campbell: 232,261 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:
Green Party May 29 Green Party primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyLeticia Van de Putte: 141,040 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyN. Ruben Flores Perez: 22,989
Green PartyChris Christal: 10,588
IndependentDeborah Parrish (write-in): 966

District 27

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
No candidates filed for election in this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyEddie Lucio, Jr.: 113,542 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyRobert Duncan: 183,619 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyM.J. Smith: 28,932

District 29

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJose R. Rodriguez: 116,208 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyDan Chavez: 53,190

District 30

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:
Libertarian Party May 29 Libertarian primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyCraig Estes: 217,877 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyRichard Forsythe: 35,127

District 31

Democratic Party May 29 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 29 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyKel Seliger: 195,878 Green check mark transparent.png

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