United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2010

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United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2010
Texas
2008 ←
November 2, 2010 → 2012

All 32 Texas seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Seats before 20 12
Seats won 23 9
Seat change Increase3 Decrease3
Popular vote 3,058,228 1,450,197
Percentage 64.4% 30.5%
Swing Increase8.6% Decrease9.0%

The 2010 congressional elections in Texas were held on November 2, 2010 to determine who will represent the state of Texas in the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 112th Congress from January 2011 until January 2013.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2010[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 3,058,228 64.44% 20 23 +3
Democratic 1,450,197 30.56% 12 9 -3
Libertarian 212,096 4.47% 0 0 0
Independent 22,224 0.47% 0 0 0
Green 2,868 0.06% 0 0 0
Totals 4,745,613 100.00% 32 32

District 1[edit]

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Republican incumbent Louie Gohmert ran for reelection.

District 2[edit]

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Republican incumbent Ted Poe ran for reelection.

District 3[edit]

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District 4[edit]

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  • Republican Ralph Hall, the oldest living member of the House of Representatives (he will be 85 in 2008), has represented the district since 1980. In 2008, Hall won re-election with 68.8%. In 2010, he won the primary with 57% of the vote, and faced a re-election campaign against Democrat attorney VaLinda Hathcox.[8]
  • Campaign contributions[9] from OpenSecrets.org
  • Race profile[10] at The New York Times

District 5[edit]

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  • Republican Jeb Hensarling was first elected in 2002 to a heavily Republican district. A favorite among fiscal conservatives in Texas, Hensarling is a potential challenger for the U.S. Senate in 2012 should the incumbent Republican, Kay Bailey Hutchison retire. In 2008, Hensarling was re-elected with 83.6% of the vote. In 2010, he went unopposed in the primary and faced Democrat activist Tom Berry in the general election.[11]
  • Campaign contributions[12] from OpenSecrets.org
  • Race profile[13] at The New York Times

District 6[edit]

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  • Twelve-term Republican Joe Barton was the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee until Democrats took over the House in 2006. In 2008, Barton won re-election with 62.0%. He faced Democratic activist David Cozad in the general election.[14]
  • Campaign contributions[15] from OpenSecrets.org
  • Race profile[16] at The New York Times

District 7[edit]

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District 8[edit]

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  • Republican Kevin Brady represents a strongly GOP district. He won re-election in 2008 with 72.6%. In 2010, he faced Libertarian Bruce West, a design engineer and 2-time Democratic congressional candidate Kent Hargett in the general election.[19]
  • Campaign contributions[20] from OpenSecrets.org
  • Race profile[21] at The New York Times

District 9[edit]

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District 10[edit]

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District 11[edit]

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  • Republican Mike Conaway represents George W. Bush’s strongest district in the 2004 election. He won 77% of the vote in 2004 and was one of only a handful of Republicans who ran unopposed in 2006. In 2008, he won re-election with 88.3%. In 2010, he faced Democrat activist James Quillian in the general election.[29]
  • Campaign contributions[30] from OpenSecrets.org
  • Race profile[31] at The New York Times

District 12[edit]

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  • Republican Kay Granger won re-election in 2008 with 67.6%. In 2010, she won the primary with 70%, and faced Democrat activist Tracey Smith in the general election.[32]
  • Campaign contributions[33] from OpenSecrets.org
  • Race profile[34] at The New York Times

District 13[edit]

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  • Republican Mac Thornberry was unopposed in the general election.
  • Campaign contributions[35] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile [36] at The New York Times

District 14[edit]

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  • Republican Ron Paul is best known for his strong libertarian views. In 2010, he won the primary with 80% of the vote. In the Democratic primary, Robert Pruett won the run off election with just 52% of the vote, and faced Paul in the general election.[37]
  • Campaign contributions[38] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[39] at The New York Times

As of June 30, 2010. Source: Federal Election Commission[40]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Ron Paul (R) $851,353 $1,154,112 $2,197,619 $0
Robert Pruett (D) $19,421 $18,255 $1,166 $4,531
Eugene Flynn (L) Unreported


District 15[edit]

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  • Democrat Rubén Hinojosa was re-elected with 62% in 2004 and 66% in 2008. In 2010, the Republican primary had a run off between Eddie Zamora and Paul Haring. Zamora won the run off with 57% of the vote and faced Hinojosa in the general election.[41]
  • Campaign contributions [42] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[43] at The New York Times

District 16[edit]

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District 17[edit]

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Democratic incumbent Chet Edwards was challenged by Republican nominee Bill Flores and Libertarian nominee Richard B. Kelly (PVS).

In 2008, Edwards was reelected with 53% to Republican small business owner Rob Curnock, who was overwhelmingly outspent. Edwards is a moderate Democrat, who represents one of the most conservative districts in the nation. In 2010, he went uncontested in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Curnock qualified for a run off election against Flores.[47] Flores won the run off with 64% of the vote.[48]

  • Campaign contributions[49] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[50] at The New York Times

Endorsements[edit]

The Dallas Morning News[51] and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram[52] have both endorsed Edwards.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Chet Edwards (D) Bill Flores (R)
OnMessage, Inc. May, 2010[53] 41% 53%
Bennett, Petts & Normington October 4–5, 2010[54] 42% 46%
Penn, Schoen & Berland October 19–21, 2010[55] 40% 52%

Results[edit]

2010 17th Congressional District of Texas Elections[56]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Flores 106,275 61.8
Democratic Chet Edwards 62,926 36.6

District 18[edit]

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  • Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee represents one of the most heavily Democratic areas in the state, covering several largely poor and African-American areas of Houston (including downtown Houston) and whose three previous representatives (Barbara Jordan, Mickey Leland, and Craig Washington) were all African-Americans and took staunch liberal stances. In 2008, she won re-election with 77% of the vote against Republican John Faulk, who she again faced in 2010.
  • Campaign contributions[57] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Campaign contributions[58] at The New York Times

District 19[edit]

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  • Republican Randy Neugebauer won re-election in 2006 with 68% and in 2008 with 72.5%. In 2010, he faced Democrat Andy Wilson and Libertarian Chip Peterson in the general election.[59]
  • Campaign contributions[60] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[61] at The New York Times

District 20[edit]

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  • Democrat Charlie Gonzalez represents much of heavily Democratic, largely Hispanic inner San Antonio. He won two-thirds of the 2004 vote, 87% in 2006, and 72% in 2008. In 2010, Republican Clayton Trotter won the run off election with 71.25% of the vote, and faced Gonzalez in the general election.[62]
  • Campaign contributions[63] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[64] at The New York Times

District 21[edit]

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  • Longtime Republican Lamar S. Smith won re-election with 60% in 2006 and 80% in 2008. In 2010, he won the primary with 80% and faced Democrat real estate broker Lainey Melnick in the general election.[65]
  • Campaign contributions[66] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[67] at The New York Times

District 22[edit]

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  • Freshman Pete Olson won the 2008 election with 53% in a heavily Republican district. In 2010, he faced Democrat Kesha Rogers, a LaRouche Movement supporter, and Libertarian Steve Susman, a small business owner in the general election.[68]
  • Campaign contributions[69] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[70] at The New York Times

District 23[edit]

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Democratic incumbent Ciro Rodriguez was challenged by Republican nominee Quico Canseco, Libertarian nominee Martin Nitschke campaign site,[71][72] Green Party nominee Ed Scharf campaign site,[73][74] and Independent Craig T. Stephens campaign site.[75][76]

In the 2010 Republican primary, Canseco won the run off election against CIA executive Will Hurd with 56% of the vote. In the Democratic primary, Rodriguez won with 83% against Iraq war veteran Miguel Ortiz.[77]

In 2008, Rodriguez was re-elected with 56% of the vote. Obama carried the district with 51% of the vote. The district is 55% Hispanic, but has a Republican tilt as George Bush carried the district by a 15% margin.

Results[edit]

2010 23rd Congressional District of Texas Elections[56]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Quico Canseco 74,671 49.38
Democratic Ciro Rodriguez 67,212 44.44
Independent Craig Stephens 5,342 3.58
Libertarian Martin Nitschke 2,482 1.63
Green Ed Scharf 1,419 0.93

District 24[edit]

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  • Republican Kenny Marchant faced write-in Democratic candidate Alex Dunaj in the general election.
  • Campaign contributions[78] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[79] at The New York Times

District 25[edit]

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District 26[edit]

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  • Republican Michael Burgess won re-election in 2008 with 60.2%. In 2010, he faced Democrat attorney Neil Durrance and Libertarian Mark Boler.[8] Except for the district's first election, the 26th District has been held by the GOP and is considered one of its safe seats.
  • Campaign contributions[82] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[83] at The New York Times

District 27[edit]

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Democratic incumbent Solomon Ortiz was challenged by Republican nominee attorney Blake Farenthold and Libertarian nominee Ed Mishou.

The Republican primary ended in a run off which Farenthold won with 51.3% against conservative activist James Duerr.[84][85] Mishou, of Cameron County, is the 2010 Libertarian Party nominee and came in a close second to Farenthold in a 2010 27th District Tea Party poll.[86]

Ortiz was re-elected in 2008 with 58% of the vote. The district is nearly 70% Hispanic. In 2008, Obama carried the district with just 53% of the vote.

  • Campaign contributions[87] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[88] at The New York Times

District 28[edit]

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  • Democrat Henry Cuellar was re-elected in 2008 with 69% of the vote, as Obama only carried the district with 56% of the vote. In 2010, he faced Republican businessman Bryan Underwood[89] in the general election.
  • Campaign contributions[90] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[91] at The New York Times

District 29[edit]

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  • Democrat Gene Green won re-election with 75% in 2008. In 2010, he will face Republican air force veteran Roy Morales.[92]
  • Campaign contributions[93] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[94] at The New York Times

District 30[edit]

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  • Incumbent Democratic nominee Eddie Bernice Johnson (campaign website) won re-election in 2008 with 83%. In the Republican primary Stephen Broden barely missed getting the 50.1% threshold to avoid a run off,[95] but won the run off anyway with 67.5% of the vote.[96]
  • Campaign contributions[97] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[98]

District 31[edit]

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  • John Carter was opposed by Libertarian Bill Oliver in the general election.
  • Campaign contributions[99] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[100] at NBC News

Electoral history[edit]

2010 31st Congressional District of Texas Elections[56]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Carter 126,290 82.5
Libertarian Bill Oliver 26,710 17.5

District 32[edit]

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  • Six-term incumbent Pete Sessions holds a Republican-leaning district. In 2010, he faced Democrat Grier Raggio in the general election.[101]
  • Campaign contributions[102] from Center for Responsive Politics
  • Race profile[103] at The New York Times

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