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Revision as of 06:22, 12 October 2010

Elections for the office of Texas State Senate will be held on November 2, 2010 in 16 of Texas's 31 senate districts. The 16 districts where electoral contests take place in 2010 are: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 25, and 29. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was January 4, 2010, the primary election day was on March 2, and the primary runoff was held April 13.

Texas state senators are not subject to term limits.

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010 and State senate elections, 2010

Current partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, Republicans are the majority party in the Texas State Senate, by a 7-seat majority.

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 12
     Republican Party 17
     Vacancy 2
Total 31

The following map displays party control of districts throughout the Texas State Senate:

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Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Texas in past years and the cumulative amount of dollars raised in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2008 37 $17,705,611
2006 46 $20,836,417
2004 30 $10,539,364
2002 75 $23,504,855

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

7 incumbents (46.6%) face no competition in the November 2 general election and are thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

  • 0 Democratic incumbents face no November challenger.
  • 7 GOP incumbents face no November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 4 incumbents faced competition in the March 2 primaries. No incumbents lost to their challengers. The following 15 incumbents (4 Democrats, 11 Republicans) won their primaries:


Retiring incumbents

One incumbent senator is not running for re-election, while 15 incumbents (94%) are running for re-election. The incumbent who is retiring is a Democrat.

Incumbents who are retiring are:

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Texas State Senate, a candidate must be:[2]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 26 years old before the general election
  • A five-year resident of Texas before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election

List of candidates

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District 1

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Kevin Eltife: 51,800 Approveda Incumbent Republican Eltife was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2004.

District 2

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Bob Deuell: 38,086 Approveda Incumbent Republican Deuell was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2007.
  • Sharon Russell: 15,588

District 3

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Robert Nichols: 52,865 Approveda Incumbent Republican Nichols was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2007.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

District 5

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Steve Ogden: 47,699 Approveda Incumbent Republican Ogden was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1995.
  • Ben Bius: 22,165

District 7

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Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Dan Patrick: 52,071 Approveda Incumbent Republican Patrick was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2007.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

District 8

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Florence Shapiro: 44,423 Approveda Incumbent Republican Shapiro was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1991.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

District 12

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Jane Nelson: 46,545 Approveda Incumbent Republican Nelson was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1993.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

District 13

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • Rodney Ellis: 35,766 Approveda Incumbent Democrat Ellis was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1990.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:

District 14

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • Kirk Watson: 27,463 Approveda Incumbent Democrat Watson was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2007.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

District 15

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • John Whitmire: 17,159 Approveda Incumbent Democrat Whitmire was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1983.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:

District 17

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Joan Huffman: 31,545 Approveda Incumbent Republican Huffman was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2008.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

District 18

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Glenn Hegar: 57,490 Approveda Incumbent Republican Hegar was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2007.

District 19

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

District 22

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Kip Averitt: 37,719 Approveda Incumbent Republican Averitt was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2002.
  • Darren Yancy: 25,060

District 25

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:
  • Jeff Wentworth: 61,950 Approveda Incumbent Republican Wentworth was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1993.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

District 29

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:

See also

External links

References

  1. Follow the Money, Texas
  2. Qualifications for running for Texas Senate