Texas' 29th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 29th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Gene Green Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Gene Green Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 29th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Gene Green (D) was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[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: Heading into the election the incumbent was Gene Green (D), who was first elected in 1992. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 29th Congressional District was located in the eastern portion of the state, and included part of Harris county.[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 29th Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Gene GreenGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party James Stanczak
Green Party Maria Selva


May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates filed.

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party candidate

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 29 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGene Green Incumbent 90% 86,053
     Libertarian James Stanczak 5.2% 4,996
     Green Maria Selva 4.8% 4,562
Total Votes 95,611
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The 29th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

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' 29th District became more Democratic as a result of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 59D / 41R
  • 2010: 58D / 42R

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' 29th Congressional District has a PVI of D+8, which is the 117th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 63-37 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 56-44 percent over George W. Bush.[11]

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.

Gene Green

Gene Green (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 14, 2012$723,158.81$102,623.87$(125,106)$700,676.68
Pre-Primary[13]May 15, 2012$700,676.68$50,131.42$(36,852.92)$713,955.18
Running totals
$152,755.29$(161,958.92)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Gene Green won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Roy Morales (R) and Brad Walters (L).[14]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 29, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGene Green Incumbent 64.6% 43,257
     Republican Roy Morales 34.1% 22,825
     Libertarian Brad Walters 1.3% 866
Total Votes 66,948

See also

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