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Cornyn is taking the threat of a strong primary challenge seriously. Fellow Texas senator [[Ted Cruz]] refused to endorse his colleague, John Cornyn, or any other incumbent. He stated, "I think every elected official, including me, owes it to the people, owes it the grass roots, to go and make the case to the grass roots why he or she is representing their interests."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cruz-speaks-volumes-with-his-silence-on-senate-gop-colleagues-primary-races/2013/08/24/fcb94c06-0cfb-11e3-9941-6711ed662e71_story.html?wprss=rss_politics ''The Washington Post,'' "Cruz speaks volumes with his silence on Senate GOP colleagues’ primary races," August 24, 2013]</ref>
 
Cornyn is taking the threat of a strong primary challenge seriously. Fellow Texas senator [[Ted Cruz]] refused to endorse his colleague, John Cornyn, or any other incumbent. He stated, "I think every elected official, including me, owes it to the people, owes it the grass roots, to go and make the case to the grass roots why he or she is representing their interests."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cruz-speaks-volumes-with-his-silence-on-senate-gop-colleagues-primary-races/2013/08/24/fcb94c06-0cfb-11e3-9941-6711ed662e71_story.html?wprss=rss_politics ''The Washington Post,'' "Cruz speaks volumes with his silence on Senate GOP colleagues’ primary races," August 24, 2013]</ref>
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{{Oppose vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Cornyn voted with the Republican Party against the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 15:08, 8 November 2013



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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Texas

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
John Cornyn Republican Party
John Cornyn.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Texas will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election 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]

The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by John Cornyn (R). Cornyn was first elected in 2002.

Candidates

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Race background

Cornyn is taking the threat of a strong primary challenge seriously. Fellow Texas senator Ted Cruz refused to endorse his colleague, John Cornyn, or any other incumbent. He stated, "I think every elected official, including me, owes it to the people, owes it the grass roots, to go and make the case to the grass roots why he or she is representing their interests."[8]

Issues

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[9] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Cornyn voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[10]

Campaign contributions

John Cornyn

John Cornyn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$2,671,655.28$1,854,913.27$(347,519.79)$4,179,048.76
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$4,179,048.76$2,329,648.14$(521,702.95)$5,986,993.95
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$5,986,993.95$1,796,856.20$(870,075.51)$6,913,774.64
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$6,913,774$1,477,419$(1,891,045)$6,500,149
Pre-Primary[15]February 20, 2014$6,500,149$927,645$(2,628,556)$4,799,238
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$4,799,238$1,393,992$(2,845,848)$3,347,382
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2014$3,347,382$1,294,883$(843,805)$3,798,460
Running totals
$11,075,356.61$(9,948,552.25)

Media

John Cornyn

Election history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Ted Cruz won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Paul Sadler (D), John Jay Myers (L) and David Collins (G) in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.5% 4,440,137
     Democratic Paul Sadler 40.6% 3,194,927
     Libertarian John Jay Myers 2.1% 162,354
     Green David B. Collins 0.9% 67,404
Total Votes 7,864,822
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2008

On November 4, 2008, John Cornyn won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Richard J. "Rick" Noriega (D) and Yvonne Adams Schick (L).[18]

U.S. Senate General Election, Texas, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cornyn Incumbent 54.8% 4,337,469
     Democratic Richard J. "Rick" Noriega 42.8% 3,389,365
     Libertarian Yvonne Adams Schick 2.3% 185,241
Total Votes 7,912,075

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Campaign website, "Home," accessed September 26, 2013
  6. Politico, "Texas tea party seeks Ted Cruz 2.0: David Barton," November 3, 2013
  7. The Blaze, "Historian David Barton Makes Major Announcement About Potential Senate Run,"November 6, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "Cruz speaks volumes with his silence on Senate GOP colleagues’ primary races," August 24, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn Pre-Primary," accessed April 29, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "John Cornyn July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"