2012 elections review: Incumbents toppled in Texas runoff elections

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August 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continued yesterday with runoff elections in Texas.

Here's what happened in Texas, where races for State Senate, State House, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House were held.


U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012

In the heated GOP runoff election, Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination. On the other side of the aisle, Paul Sadler defeated Grady Yarbrough for the Democratic nomination.

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012

There were 11 runoff elections held in the U.S. House, 6 Democratic and 5 Republican. The results are as follows:
Democratic Party District 5: Linda Mrosko defeated Tom Berry.
Democratic Party District 7: James Cargas defeated Lissa Squiers and will face incumbent John Culberson (R) in the general election.
Republican Party District 14: Randy Weber defeated Felicia Harris.
Republican Party District 15: Dale Brueggemann defeated Eddie Zamora and will face incumbent Ruben Hinojosa (D) in the general election.
Democratic Party District 23: Pete Gallego defeated Ciro Rodriguez.
Republican Party District 25: Roger Williams defeated Wes Riddle.
Democratic Party District 27: Rose Meza Harrison defeated Jerry Trevino.
Democratic Party District 33: Marc Veasey defeated Domingo Garcia for the Democratic nomination.
Democratic Party/Republican Party District 34: Filemon Vela defeated Denise Saenz Blanchard in the Democratic runoff. Jessica Puente Bradshaw defeated Adela Garza in the Republican primary runoff.
Republican Party District 36: Steve Stockman defeated Stephen Takach for the Republican nomination in the newly created 36th district.

State Legislative

Texas held a total of 18 state legislative primary runoffs on July 31 -- 1 Senate and 17 House with 4 Democratic and 14 Republican runoffs.

A total of 5 incumbents faced off against their opponents in the primary runoffs. Of those incumbents, just one, J.M. Lozano, advanced to the general election.


Republican Party District 25: Donna Campbell defeated incumbent Jeff Wentworth


Republican Party District 11: Travis Clardy defeated incumbent Chuck Hopson
Republican Party District 12: Kyle J. Kacal defeated Tucker Anderson
Republican Party District 23: Wayne Faircloth defeated W.M. Wallace
Republican Party District 24: Greg Bonnen defeated Ryan Sitton
Republican Party District 26: Rick Miller defeated Jacquie Chaumette
Democratic Party District 40: Terry Canales defeated Agustin Hernandez, Jr.
Republican Party District 43: Incumbent J.M. Lozano defeated Bill T. Willson, II
Republican Party District 59: J.D. Sheffield defeated incumbent Sid Miller
Republican Party District 67: Jeff Leach defeated Jon Cole
Republican Party District 68: Drew Springer defeated Trent McKnight
Republican Party District 88: Ken King defeated incumbent Jim Landtroop
Republican Party District 91: Stephanie Klick defeated Ken Sapp
Democratic Party District 95: Nicole Collier defeated Jesse Gaines
Republican Party District 114: Jason Villalba defeated Bill Keffer
Republican Party District 115: Bennett Ratliff defeated Steve Nguyen
Democratic Party District 117: Philip Cortez defeated Tina Torres
Democratic Party District 137: Gene Wu defeated Jamaal R. Smith

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