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Texas state executive official elections, 2012

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Two state executive positions were up for election in 2012 in the state of Texas.

The primary was held on May 29, 2012 with the general election on November 6, 2012.

Since no candidate in either of the two Republican primaries captured more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote getters in each race faced off in a runoff election on July 31, 2012.[1]

Despite its name, the commission does not regulate railroads but instead oversees the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining.[2]

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Incumbent Buddy Garcia (R) did not seek re-election. He was appointed to the post by Gov. Rick Perry (R) on April 12, 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Elizabeth Ames Jones (R), who resigned to run for Texas State Senate. Garcia was only appointed to serve until the November 6 general election.[3]

The winner, Christi Craddick (R), will serve a full six-year term on the commission.[4]

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dale Henry
Republican Party Christi Craddick Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Chris Kennedy
Libertarian Party Vivekananda Wall
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.


Primary

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

Since no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters faced off in a runoff election on July 31, which Craddick won.[5]

  • Primary Runoff
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Full Term, Primary Runoff, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristi Craddick 59.8% 592,860
Warren Chisum 40.2% 398,421
Total Votes 991,281
Election Results Via:The Texas Secretary of State.


  • Primary
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Full term, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristi Craddick 35.9% 421,610
Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Chisum 27.2% 320,052
Becky Berger 12% 140,752
Joe Cotten 10.5% 123,137
Roland Sledge 9.9% 116,122
Beryl Burgess 4.6% 53,553
Total Votes 1,175,226
Election Results Via:The Texas Secretary of State.


Green Party Green Party primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian primary candidates:

Note: The Libertarian nominee was determined at the party's state convention on June 9.[6]

Polling

Republican Candidates for Texas Railroad Commission, District 2
Poll Christi Craddick Warren ChisumJoe CottenBecky BergerRoland SledgeBeryl BurgessMargin of ErrorSample Size
UT/TT internet survey May 7-13, 2012
30%19%14%13%10%5%+/-3.46800
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Incumbent Barry Smitherman (R) was elected on November 6, 2012. Smitherman was originally appointed to serve out the remaining two years of the term left by commissioner of Michael Williams, who resigned to run for Congress.[4]

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Barry Smitherman Green check mark transparent.png Incumbent
Green Party Josh Wendel
Libertarian Party Jaime Perez
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.

Primary

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

Since no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters faced off in a runoff election on July 31, which Smitherman won.[7]

  • Primary Runoff
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired term, Primary Runoff, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Smitherman Incumbent 62.1% 583,506
Greg Parker 37.9% 355,480
Total Votes 938,986
Election Results Via:The Texas Secretary of State.


  • Primary
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired term, Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Smitherman Incumbent 44.2% 497,100
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Parker 27.8% 311,903
Elizabeth Murphy-Kolb 21.5% 241,784
Al Lee 6.5% 72,867
Total Votes 1,123,654
Election Results Via:The Texas Secretary of State.


Green Party Green Party primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian primary candidates:

Polling

Republican Candidates for Texas Railroad Commission, District 3
Poll Greg Parker Barry SmithermanElizabeth Murray-KolbAl LeeMargin of ErrorSample Size
UT/TT internet survey May 7-13, 2012
33%26%25%8%+/-3.46800
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Note: Due to court involvement with the state's redistricting process these dates may still change.

Deadline Event
Dec 19, 2011 Last day during "first time period" for candidates to file
Feb 1 Last day during "second time period" for candidates to file
March 5 Last day to register to vote in primary
March 19-30 Early voting
May 29 Primary election
June 5 Primary runoff election (if necessary)
Sept 7 Deadline to register to vote in general election
Oct 22-Nov 2 Early voting
Nov 6 General election

See also

Texas

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