Texas elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Texas held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (36 seats) Approveda
State Executives (2 down-ballot seats) Approveda Preview Article
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State House (150 seats) Approveda
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2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012
U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.5% 4,440,137
     Democratic Paul Sadler 40.6% 3,194,927
     Libertarian John Jay Myers 2.1% 162,354
     Green David B. Collins 0.9% 67,404
Total Votes 7,864,822
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012

Members of the U.S. House from Texas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 9 12
     Republican Party 23 24
Total 32 36
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Shirley McKellar
Republican Party Louie Gohmert
Libertarian Party Clark Patterson
Louie Gohmert Republican Party Louie Gohmert No
2nd Democratic Party Jim Dougherty
Republican Party Ted Poe
Libertarian Party Kenneth Duncan
Green Party Mark Roberts
Ted Poe Republican Party Ted Poe No
3rd Republican Party Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson Republican Party Sam Johnson No
4th Democratic Party VaLinda Hathcox
Republican Party Ralph Hall
Libertarian Party Thomas Griffing
Ralph Hall Republican Party Ralph Hall No
5th Democratic Party Linda Mrosko
Republican Party Jeb Hensarling
Libertarian Party Ken Ashby
Jeb Hensarling Republican Party Jeb Hensarling No
6th Democratic Party Kenneth Sanders
Republican Party Joe Barton
Libertarian Party Hugh Chauvin
Green Party Brandon Parmer
Joe Barton Republican Party Joe Barton No
7th Democratic Party James Cargas
Republican Party John Culberson
Libertarian Party Drew Parks
Green Party Lance Findley
John Culberson Republican Party John Culberson No
8th Democratic Party Neil Burns
Republican Party Kevin Brady
Libertarian Party Roy Hall
Kevin Brady Republican Party Kevin Brady No
9th Democratic Party Al Green
Republican Party Steve Mueller
Libertarian Party John Wieder
Green Party Vanessa Foster
Al Green Democratic Party Al Green No
10th Democratic Party Tawana Cadien
Republican Party Michael McCaul
Libertarian Party Richard Priest
Michael McCaul Republican Party Michael McCaul No
11th Democratic Party Jim Riley
Republican Party Mike Conaway
Libertarian Party Scott Ballard
Mike Conaway Republican Party Mike Conaway No
12th Democratic Party Dave Robinson
Republican Party Kay Granger
Libertarian Party Matthew Solodow
Kay Granger Republican Party Kay Granger No
13th Republican Party Mac Thornberry
Libertarian Party John Robert Deek
Green Party Keith Houston
Mac Thornberry Republican Party Mac Thornberry No
14th Democratic Party Nick Lampson
Republican Party Randy Weber
Libertarian Party Zach Grady
Green Party Rhett Rosenquest Smith
Ron Paul Republican Party Randy Weber No
15th Democratic Party Ruben Hinojosa
Republican Party Dale Brueggemann
Libertarian Party Ronald Finch
Rubén Hinojosa Democratic Party Ruben Hinojosa No
16th Democratic Party Beto O'Rourke
Republican Party Barbara Carrasco
Libertarian Party Junart Sodoy
Silvestre Reyes Democratic Party Beto O'Rourke No
17th Republican Party Bill Flores
Libertarian Party Ben Easton
Bill Flores Republican Party Bill Flores No
18th Democratic Party Sheila Jackson Lee
Republican Party Sean Seibert
Libertarian Party Christopher Barber
Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic Party Sheila Jackson Lee No
19th Republican Party Randy Neugebauer
Libertarian Party Richard Peterson
Randy Neugebauer Republican Party Randy Neugebauer No
20th Democratic Party Joaquin Castro
Republican Party David Rosa
Libertarian Party A.E. Potts
Green Party Antonio Diaz
Charles Gonzalez Democratic Party Joaquin Castro No
21st Democratic Party Candace Duval
Republican Party Lamar Smith
Libertarian Party John-Henry Liberty
Lamar Smith Republican Party Lamar Smith No
22nd Democratic Party Kesha Rogers
Republican Party Pete Olson
Libertarian Party Steve Susman
Green Party Don Cook
Pete Olson Republican Party Pete Olson No
23rd Democratic Party Pete Gallego
Republican Party Francisco Canseco
Libertarian Party Jeffrey Blunt
Green Party Ed Scharf
Francisco Canseco Democratic Party Pete Gallego Yes
24th Democratic Party Tim Rusk
Republican Party Kenny Marchant
Libertarian Party John Stathas
Kenny Marchant Republican Party Kenny Marchant No
25th Democratic Party Elaine Henderson
Republican Party Roger Williams
Libertarian Party Betsy Dewey
Lloyd Doggett Republican Party Roger Williams Yes
26th Democratic Party David Sanchez
Republican Party Michael C. Burgess
Libertarian Party Mark Boler
Michael C. Burgess Republican Party Michael C. Burgess No
27th Democratic Party Rose Meza Harrison
Republican Party Blake Farenthold
Libertarian Party Corrie Byrd
Independent William Bret Baldwin
Blake Farenthold Republican Party Blake Farenthold No
28th Democratic Party Henry Cuellar
Republican Party William Hayward
Libertarian Party Patrick Hisel
Green Party Michael Cary
Henry Cuellar Democratic Party Henry Cuellar No
29th Democratic Party Gene Green
Libertarian Party James Stanczak
Green Party Maria Selva
Gene Green Democratic Party Gene Green No
30th Democratic Party Eddie Bernice Johnson
Republican Party Travis Washington, Jr.
Libertarian Party Ed Rankin
Eddie Bernice Johnson Democratic Party Eddie Bernice Johnson No
31st Democratic Party Stephen Wyman
Republican Party John Carter
Libertarian Party Ethan Garofolo
John Carter Republican Party John Carter No
32nd Democratic Party Katherine Savers McGovern
Republican Party Pete Sessions
Libertarian Party Seth Hollist
Pete Sessions Republican Party Pete Sessions No
33rd Democratic Party Marc Veasey
Republican Party Chuck Bradley
Green Party Ed Lindsay
N/A Democratic Party Marc Veasey N/A
34th Democratic Party Filemon Vela
Republican Party Jessica Puente Bradshaw
Libertarian Party Steven Shanklin
N/A Democratic Party Filemon Vela N/A
35th Democratic Party Lloyd Doggett
Republican Party Susan Narvaiz
Libertarian Party Ross Lynn Leone
Green Party Meghan Owen
Independent Simon Alvarado (Write-in)
N/A Democratic Party Lloyd Doggett N/A
36th Democratic Party Max Martin
Republican Party Steve Stockman
Libertarian Party Michael Cole
N/A Republican Party Steve Stockman N/A
See also: Texas state executive official elections, 2012

There were two state executive positions up for election.

Texas Railroad Commissioner 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristi Craddick 56.2% 4,336,499
     Democratic Dale Henry 39.6% 3,057,733
     Libertarian Vivekananda Wall 2.2% 173,001
     Green Chris Kennedy 2% 153,664
Total Votes 7,720,897
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Texas Railroad Commissioner 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Smitherman Incumbent 73.8% 4,537,625
     Libertarian Jaime Perez 18.3% 1,127,074
     Green Josh Wendel 7.9% 486,485
Total Votes 6,151,184
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the 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

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state house.

Texas House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 48 55
     Republican Party 100 95
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 150 150

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Texas was one of 16 states to use an open primary system. If there were runoff elections, however, voters had to stick with the same party they voted in for the first round of elections. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by April 30, 2012, which was 29 days before the primary took place.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.[2]

Note: Some states had a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election but because this could have fallen on a weekend and Columbus Day was on Monday, October 8th, some extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Resident of Texas and county in which registering.[3]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day because you:[4]

  • will be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting;
  • are sick or disabled;
  • are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
  • are confined in jail.[5]

—Office of the Texas Secretary of State


To vote absentee a request must be received by county elections office no earlier than 30 days prior to the election and no later than close of business seven days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by close of polls on Election Day.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Texas is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins the 17th day before an election and ends on the fourth day prior to Election Day.[7] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

See also