Texas' 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Texas' 23rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Will Hurd Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Pete Gallego Democratic Party
Pete Gallego.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 23rd congressional district of Texas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[3][4]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Pete Gallego (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Texas' 23rd Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Reeves, Presidio, Brewster, Lvoing , Winkler, Ward, Crane, Upton, Reagan, Terrell, Pecos, Crockett, Schleicher, Sutton, Edwards, Val Verde, Kinney, Maverick, Uvalde, Zavala, Dimmit, La Salle, Frio, Medina and Bexar counties.[5]


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Democratic Party Pete Gallego
Republican Party Will Hurd Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Ruben Corvalan

May 27, 2014, Republican primary runoff candidates

March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Race background

Incumbent Pete Gallego (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[6]

District history


The 23rd congressional district of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which Pete Gallego (D) won election. He defeated incumbent Francisco Canseco (R), Jeffrey Blunt (L) and Ed Scharf (G) in the general election. This switched partisan control of the district.[7]

U.S. House, Texas District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Gallego 50.3% 96,676
     Republican Francisco Canseco Incumbent 45.6% 87,547
     Libertarian Jeffrey C. Blunt 3% 5,841
     Green Ed Scharf 1.1% 2,105
Total Votes 192,169
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Francisco Canseco won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Ciro D. Rodriguez (D), Craig T. Stephens (I), Martin Nitschke (L), and Ed Scharf (G).[8]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 23, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrancisco "Quico" Canseco 49.4% 74,853
     Democratic Ciro D. Rodriguez Incumbent 44.4% 67,348
     Independent Craig T. Stephens 3.6% 5,432
     Libertarian Martin Nitschke 1.6% 2,482
     Green Ed Scharf 0.9% 1,419
Total Votes 151,534

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