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Texas State House elections, 2010

Majority controlCampaign contributions

QualificationsCompetitiveness analysis

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List of candidates
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Texas State Senate
Elections for the office of Texas State Senate were held on November 2, 2010 in 16 of Texas's 31 senate districts. The 16 districts where electoral contests took 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

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:

  1. Bob Deuell
  2. Brian Birdwell
  3. Carlos Uresti
  4. Dan Patrick
  5. Florence Shapiro
  6. Glenn Hegar
  7. Jane Nelson
  8. Jeff Wentworth
  9. Joan Huffman
  10. John Whitmire
  11. Jose R. Rodriguez
  12. Kevin Eltife
  13. Kirk Watson
  14. Robert Nichols
  15. Rodney Ellis
  16. Steve Ogden

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Texas State Senate:

Texas State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 12 12
     Republican Party 19 19
Total 31 31


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

Texas Senate Districts by Party 2010.jpg

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 idid not run for re-election, while 15 incumbents (94%) ran 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.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kevin Eltife 140,273 Green check mark transparent.png

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

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kathleen Shaw 53,566
Republican Party Bob Deuell 105,779 Green check mark transparent.png

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Robert Nichols 153,906 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party David Scott 19,211

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

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stephen Wyman 58,525
Republican Party Steve Ogden 145,170 Green check mark transparent.png

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dan Patrick 184,704 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Lee Coughran 29,048

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Florence Shapiro 136,369 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Ed Kless 25,935

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jane Nelson 148,592 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Mark Frohman 23,894

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rodney Ellis 113,155 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael Mauldin 31,596

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kirk Watson 115,949 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mary Lou Serafine 68,100
Libertarian Party Kent Phillips 6,884

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Whitmire 77,096 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Walker 52,959

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joan Huffman 112,595 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Phil Kurtz 22,802

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.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Olney 61,345
Republican Party Glenn Hegar 146,087 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

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

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carlos Uresti 61,327 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dick Bowen 53,024
Libertarian Party Mette Baker 3,269

District 22

Democratic Party March 2 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 2 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Brian Birdwell 134,231 Green check mark transparent.png

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:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jeff Wentworth 192,965 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Arthur Maxwell Thomas 40,972

District 29

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

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jose R. Rodriguez 50,460 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dan Chavez 33,303

See also

External links

References

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