United States Senate election in Texas, 2014

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United States Senate election in Texas, 2014

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Turnout 33.1%
  John Cornyn official senate portrait.jpg No image.svg
Nominee John Cornyn David Alameel
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,855,068 1,594,252
Percentage 61.6% 34.4%

Texas Senate Election Results by County, 2014.svg
County Results

Cornyn:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      90–100%

Alameel:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. Senator before election

John Cornyn
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

John Cornyn
Republican

The 2014 United States Senate election in Texas was held on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate. Incumbent Republican Senator and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn ran for re-election to a third term. Primary elections were held on March 4, 2014. The Democratic primary required a runoff election on May 27, 2014 to choose an opponent to Cornyn. David Alameel, who came in first in the primary, won the runoff and became his party's nominee.

Republican primary[edit]

In February 2014, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was featured in a controversial television advertisement by Dwayne Stovall. Stovall belittled McConnell, Cornyn's superior in the Senate leadership, as an ineffective "Beltway turtle" who is out-of-touch with the party rank-and-file.[1] Until the controversial advertisement, the media had largely ignored Stovall's candidacy. Greta Van Susteren of Fox News called Stovall a "jerk" for running the "turtle" ad against McConnell: "You can be clever and funny in ads... or you can be gratuitously insulting."[2]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Erick Wyatt, U.S. Army veteran[10][11]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

John Cornyn

Individuals

Organizations

Steve Stockman

Individuals

Organizations

Linda Vega

Individuals

  • Erick Wyatt, former candidate for the U.S. Senate[11]
Dwayne Stovall

Groups

  • Cypress Tea Party
  • Alvin Tea Party
  • Texas Conservatives
  • ICV
  • Fire Fighters for Liberty
  • Republican Liberty Caucus of CD36
  • Bigfoot’s Hot Shot Transport
  • Justin Register
  • Pearland TEA Party
  • TexasConservatives.org
  • Grassroots America - We the People
  • South Texas Tea Party Network
  • Nacogdoches Tea Party
  • Stand Across America
  • Young Republicans of Houston
  • Republican Liberty Caucus of CD 36
  • Katy LiberTea
  • Southern Conservative
  • Kaufman Tea Party
  • Pearland Tea Party
  • Facebook Tea Party
  • TeaParty911
  • Montague County Tea Party
  • Sam Houston Tea Party
  • Llano Tea Party
  • Cass County Tea Party
  • Wichita Falls Tea Party
  • Lake Jackson Tea Party (straw poll win)
  • Ellis County (straw poll win)
  • Tri-County Tea Party
  • Clearlake Tea Party
  • Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment
  • Alvin Tea Party
  • Firefighters for Liberty

[28]

Declined to endorse

Individuals

Organizations

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Curt
Cleaver
Ken
Cope
John
Cornyn
Chris
Mapp
Reid
Reasor
Steve
Stockman
Dwayne
Stovall
Linda
Vega
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–4, 2013 388 ± 4.4% 41% 18% 44%
Wilson Perkins Allen December 13, 2013 762 ± 3.6% 50% 6% 5% 39%
Gravis Marketing February 10–12, 2014 729 ± 3.6% 43% 28% 29%
UoT/Texas Tribune February 7–17, 2014 461 ± 4.56% 1% 4% 62% 3% 3% 16% 4% 7%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Cornyn
Someone
more conservative
Undecided
Gravis Marketing October 26, 2013 563 ± 3% 33% 46% 21%
Public Policy Polling November 1–4, 2013 388 ± 4.4% 33% 49% 18%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Cornyn 781,259 59.43%
Republican Steve Stockman 251,577 19.13%
Republican Dwayne Stovall 140,794 10.71%
Republican Linda Vega 50,057 3.80%
Republican Ken Cope 34,409 2.61%
Republican Chris Mapp 23,535 1.79%
Republican Reid Reasor 20,600 1.56%
Republican Curt Cleaver 12,325 0.94%
Total votes 1,314,556 100.00%

Because Cornyn surpassed a majority in the primary, he faced no runoff election.[36] Cornyn's winning percent and margin of victory were the lowest by any Texas Republican U.S. Senator in a primary election in state history.[37]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

David Alameel
Individuals
Organizations
  • Bexar County African-American Political Alliance[44]
  • Bexar County Northside Coalition of Women[44]
  • Bexar County Mexican American Democrats[44]
  • Bexar County Second Chance Democrats[44]
  • Bexar County Tejano Democrats[44]
  • Bexar County Young Tejano Democrats[44]
  • Hispanic Women for Better Justice[44]
  • Houston GLBT Political Caucus[44]
  • Mexican American Democrats of Texas, San Antonio Chapter[44]
  • Texas Young Democrats Women's Caucus[44]
Media
Michael Fjetland
Media
Kesha Rogers
Organizations
  • Doctors Against Murderous Obamacare[47]
Maxey Scherr
Individuals
Organizations
  • Amalgamated Transit Union Local 694[48]
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 59[48]
  • Austin Environmental Democrats[48]
  • Austin North by Northwest (NxNW) Democrats[48]
  • Austin Progressive Coalition[48]
  • Austin Stonewall Democrats[48]
  • Austin Young Democrats[48]
  • Bay Area New Democrats (BAND)[48]
  • Capital Area Asian American Democrats[48]
  • Central Austin Democrats[48]
  • Democracy for Houston[48]
  • El Paso Black Democrats[48]
  • El Paso Central Labor Union[48]
  • El Paso West Side Democrats[48]
  • Galveston Democratic Coalition[48]
  • International Association of Fire Fighters Local 51[48]
  • NE Travis County Democrats[48]
  • San Antonio Stonewall Democrats[48]
  • South East Texas Stonewall Democrats[48]
  • State Tejano Democrats[48]
  • Texas Womans Coalition[48]
  • University Democrats (UDems)[48]
  • University of Houston Democrats[48]
Media

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Alameel
Michael
Fjetland
Harry
Kim
Kesha
Rogers
Maxey
Scherr
Other Undecided
UoT/Texas Tribune February 7–17, 2014 263 ± 6.04% 27% 9% 14% 35% 15%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Alameel 239,914 47.04%
Democratic Kesha Rogers 110,146 21.59%
Democratic Maxey Scherr 90,359 17.71%
Democratic HyeTae "Harry" Kim 45,207 8.86%
Democratic Michael Fjetland 24,383 4.80%
Total votes 510,009 100.00%

Because no candidate received over 50% of the vote in the primary, the two with the most votes – David Alameel and Kesha Rogers – advanced to a runoff on May 27.[52]

Democratic primary runoff results[53]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Alameel 145,039 72.16%
Democratic Kesha Rogers 55,953 27.84%
Total votes 200,992 100.00%

Libertarian convention[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Rebecca Paddock won the nomination.

Green nomination[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Emily Marie Sanchez[55]

Results[edit]

Sanchez won the nomination.

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Cornyn (R)
David
Alameel (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling April 10–13, 2014 559 ± 4.1% 49% 32% 20%
UoT/Texas Tribune May 30 – June 8, 2014 1,200 ± 2.83% 36% 25% 13%[56] 26%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 4,353 ± 3.7% 52% 35% 3% 10%
Rasmussen Reports August 4–5, 2014 4,353 ± 3.0% 47% 29% 6% 19%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18 – September 2, 2014 4,189 ± 2% 55% 39% 3% 8%
Texas Lyceum September 11–25, 2014 666 ± 3.8% 48% 30% 8%[57] 14%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20 – October 1, 2014 4,177 ± 2% 55% 35% 1% 9%
Rasmussen Reports October 1–2, 2014 840 ± 3.5% 50% 29% 6% 15%
UoT/Texas Tribune October 10–19, 2014 866 ± 3.6% 57% 31% 12%[58]
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 3,987 ± 3% 57% 35% 1% 8%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Texas, 2014[59]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Cornyn 2,855,068 61.55%
Democratic David Alameel 1,594,252 34.36%
Libertarian Rebecca Paddock 133,467 2.87%
Green Emily Marie Sanchez 54,587 1.20%
Independent Mohammed Tahiro 1,178 0.02%
Majority 1,022,814 22.05%
Total votes 4,638,552 100.00%
Turnout 33.07
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  56. ^ Rebecca Paddock (L) 5%, Emily Marie Sanchez (G) 3%, Other 5%
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