Texas' 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 14th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Randy Weber Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ron Paul Republican Party

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 14th congressional district of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Randy Weber (R) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. He will take the place of outgoing congressman Ron Paul (R), who served in the position since 1997.[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: Incumbent Ron Paul (R), who was first elected in 1997 will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 14th congressional district was located in the eastern portion of the state, and included Brazoria, Galveston, and Jefferson 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]

The 14th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Nick Lampson
Republican Party Randy WeberGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Zach Grady
Green Party Rhett Rosenquest Smith

July 31, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates

May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: The following candidates withdrew prior to the primary: Paul Hawes

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Note: The following candidates withdrew prior to the primary: Eugene Flynn, Amy Jacobellis, and Bob Smither

Green Party Green Party candidate

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Weber 53.5% 131,460
     Democratic Nick Lampson 44.6% 109,697
     Libertarian Zach Grady 1.5% 3,619
     Green Rhett Rosenquest Smith 0.4% 1,063
Total Votes 245,839
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Texas' 14th District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identifies districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[10]

Republican challenger Randy Weber was ncluded in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program. The program highlights challengers who represent the GOP's best chances to pick up congressional seats in the general election.[11]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 14th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[12][13]

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. Texas' 14th District became more Democratic as a result of redistricting.[14]

  • 2012: 39D / 61R
  • 2010: 30D / 70R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Texas' 14th congressional district has a PVI of R+8, which is the 131st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 58-42 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 57-43 percent over John Kerry (D).[15]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Nick Lampson

Nick Lampson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2012$13,595.28$304,261.74$(46,310.80)$271,546.22
Pre-Primary[17]May 17, 2012$271,546.22$39,776.18$(81,207.71)$230,114.69
Running totals

District history


On March 2, Ron Paul won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Robert Pruett (D)[18]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 8, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Paul Incumbent 76% 140,623
     Democrat Robert Pruett 24% 44,431
Total Votes 185,054

See also

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