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2012 Texas Congressional Primary Election Results

Today is primary election day in Texas, and that means a whole lot of congressional elections to pay attention to (the presidential primaries are a big flopping yawn, with the results already certain). There are 36 U.S. House contests, plus one U.S. seat, in play.

It’s worth noting that not all political parties in Texas are choosing congressional candidates today. The Green Party of Texas is holding its statewide nominating convention on June 9 and 10.

There are two contested congressional Green Party nominations in Texas. For the U.S. Senate race, David Collins and Victoria Ann Zabaras are both seeking the nomination. In the 21st congressional district, Fidel Castillo and Bill Stout are competing for the Green Party nomination.

Now, on to the Republican and Democratic Party primary elections being held today…

republicans and democrats in texasIn the primary contests for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, nine Republicans are competing against each other. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz are considered the frontrunners, but they’re both struggling to reach the threshold of support from 50 percent of Republican voters today, in order to avoid a runoff election. It will be worth remembering in the general election that the Cruz vs. Dewhurst contest was a contest of right wing extremism versus right wing extremism. Each says that the other is unfit for the Senate, as Dewhurst points out that Cruz is in the pocket of big campaign donors, and Cruz calls Dewhurst a habitual liar. I’m looking through the criminal code, and I don’t think that elephant fighting of this kind is against the law.

Other Republicans running for the Senate nomination in Texas are:

- Joseph Agris, who mostly seems interested in using the campaign as an opportunity to gain attention for his plastic surgery practice
- Lela Pittenger, who is urging the complete destruction of the Department of Education, and campaigns against what she calls the United Nations “occupation of New York City” (has Pittenger ever been to New York City?)
- Tom Leppert, who promises to work from the Senate to “strengthen the traditional values that serve as a foundation for our country” (What does he want the U.S. Senate to do to change Americans’ values? Create a federally funded values vitamin program?)
- Ben Gambini, who has no campaign web site, but does have 30 people who like his Facebook page
- Craig James, who comments, “I’ve lived the American Dream. Not through someone else — but personally reaped the benefits of the American Dream.” (Are the other candidates living the American Dream through psychic possession of other people?)
- Curt Cleaver, a man who says that he’s “a man of principles, not politics”, as he poses for a photograph in front of a giant American flag
- Glenn Addison, who writes on his campaign web site of “my faith that there is one God and that he sent his Son to this earth to share with us how we should live and then gave His life for all of mankind on a Roman cross.” If Addison truly believes this, how come he hasn’t given his life on a Roman cross yet?

Running for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination are:
- Addie D. Allen, who doesn’t talk much about where she stands on the issues, but cites her qualification as a “strong Christian woman”. Has she read the part of the Constitution where it states that there shall be no religious test for public office?
- Sean Hubbard, who cites his “progressive values” and says that he’s “tired of Democrats who run away from their party’s fundamental ideals.”
- Paul Sadler, who promises to represent Texas Republicans’ interests as well as those of Texas Democrats (and throws in support for the Texas oil companies’ hunger for more drilling too)
- Grady Yarbrough, who is promoting his counseling service, where he personally tells clients how they can become “how God made you to be”. (Has Yarbrough seen the blueprints?)

With most but not all of the precincts now reporting, the results are holding. No one is over 50 percent. On the Republican side, Dewhurst is ahead by 10 points, but the other way to look at this performance is that 54 percent of the Republican vote is against him, and in a runoff election, that could mean a loss for Dewhurst.

On the Democratic side, Sadler is coming in first, and Yarbrough, Yarbrough the God-made-you counselor, is in second place. Oh, it’s a close race between Yarbrough and Audie Allen for second and third place, but that’s almost as bad. The progressive Democrat is way down in fourth place, with a little over 15 percent of the vote, and the rest of America is watching, and thinking, what on earth is wrong with Texas Democrats that you put the sleazy oilman in first place? This race is the kind of thing that could provoke compulsive hand washing.

1st District: There are no competitive races in this district, which is currently represented by the flamboyantly right wing Republican Louie Gohmert. Gohmert will be challenged in the general election by Democrat Shirley McKellar, who is running as a supporter of “family values”, Homeland Security, and militarism, declaring that “With a deep belief and trust in a Higher Power, whom I call God, I know VICTORY is at hand. I am guided to govern and enforce the ‘will of the people of Texas.” Oh dear. What a choice.

There will be no primary election results from this district tonight.

2nd District: There are no competitive races in this district, which is currently represented by Republican Ted Poe, who, like Louie Gohmert, is fond of making a large number of rambling speeches on the floor of the U.S. House, promoting extremist right wing ideology. Congressman Poe will be challenged by Democrat Jim Dougherty, who campaigns on a general platform of supporting President Obama, and by the Green Party’s Mark Roberts, who campaigns on the platform of “ecological wisdom”, social justice, nonviolence, grassroots democracy, and decentralization.

There will be no primary election results from this district tonight.

3rd District: Incumbent right wing Republican Samuel Johnson faces no Democratic challengers at all in this year’s election. There are two Republican challengers competing against Johnson in today’s primary, however:
- Josh Caesar opposes marriage equality and health care reform, like Representative Johnson.
- Harry Pierce promises to work in Congress to fight “the Islamic agenda, the homosexual agenda, and the atheist agenda.”

I propose that good Americans come together to create a Fresh Air program for children growing up in the 3rd congressional district of Texas, so that they see that a better life is possible, in parts of the United States where people value a respect for diversity, a clean environment, and responsible government. Is there anyone out there who would help with this project?

There’s not much fresh air for 3rd congressional district voters tonight. All they’ve got is confirmation that they’ll have the same old representation that they’ve had for years now. Sam Johnson wins with over 80 percent of the vote.

4th District: Republican incumbent Ralph Hall is facing two Republican challengers this year:
- Steve Clark is promising to be even more extremely regressive than Congressman Hall. His campaign is supported by the Campaign For Primary Accountability, which purports to be non-partisan, but has taken money from Republican aligned individuals and organizations.
- Lou Gigliotti, who says that, unlike the older Ralph Hall, he is “as the top of my abilities” as “an ordinary man who love his country”.

The winner of the Republican primary in this district will compete against Democrat VaLinda Hathcox, who faces no competitors in the Democratic Party primary. Hathcox has not yet articulated her political agenda.

And so much for the Campaign for Primary Accountability! They need to rename that Super PAC something like the Campaign for Republican Executives Throwing Their Money Away. Ralph Hall has a three-to-one margin of victory so far.

5th District: Incumbent Republican Jeb Hensarling has no Republican challengers in today’s primary elections. However, there are three Democrats seeking the right to challenge Hensarling in the general election:
- Linda Mrosko, who supports “being able to love and marry whomever we chose” and an agenda that “is more about wanting to support and empower the weakest citizens who are able and willing to work hard than it is about wanting to bolster the strongest corporations and wealthiest individuals.”
- Tom Berry, who claims not to have any opponent in the Democratic primary
- Pat Wallace, who has not publicly articulated a political agenda

Mrosko is ahead, by about eleven points, with Berry and Wallace about neck and neck. But, can Mrosko pull up to 50 percent? So far, it looks unlikely.

6th District: Republican incumbent Joe Barton is up against three Republican challengers:
- Joe Chow, who is concerned about the nationalization of banks, though no banks have been nationalized, and promises to protect the life of all fertilized eggs.
- Itamar Gelbman, who is angry at the existence of languages other than English, and promises to work to prohibit any government agency from using non-English languages, which means that the use of the motto E Pluribus Unum on American money would become a criminal act.
- Frank Kuchar, who is different from Itamar Gelbman because, while Gelbman is “the Texas Conservative”, Kuchar is “A True Conservative”. Notice the difference? Kuchar explains that he is opposed to a “sound energy policy” because he wants there to be no energy policy at all.

Three Democrats are running in their party’s primary for the right to challenge Congressman Barton in the general election:
- Brianna Hinojosa-Flores, who is focusing in investment in education
- Don Jaquess, who supports reducing dependence on fossil fuels and increasing mass transportation options
- Kenneth Sanders, who as a manager for the military contracting corporation Lockheed Martin says that he wants a “lean, mean national defense” – but doesn’t explain what that means

Green Party candidate Brandon Parmer will also be running in the general election.

In early reporting, Joe Barton is far ahead of his challengers. Kenneth Sanders has a two-to-one advantage over Briana Hinojosa-Flores, with Don Jaquess far behind both, in the single digits.

7th District: John Culberson is the Republican incumbent in this district. He is being challenged by Bill Tofte, a Tea Party Republican who does not list his positions on any particular issues, but explains that “He knows that NOW is the time to act!”

Three Democrats are competing to take on Culberson in the general election:
- Phillip Andrews, who supports free trade agreements and marriage equality
- James Cargas, who supports government investment in science and energy technology, including continued expansion of fossil fuels
- Lissa Squiers, whose campaign focuses on equality: “Voting equality. Women’s equality. Wage equality. Education equality. Social equality. Marriage equality. Religious equality. Racial equality. Healthcare equality.”

Lance Findley will also be running in the general election as the Green party candidate.

Culberson has this race clinched, and America is learning tonight that “Tea Party” only translates to Republican who wants the power that another Republican has already got.

In the Democratic race, it looks like this district’s Democrats might actually have the good sense to vote for a progressive candidate, instead of slick oilster. Cargas and Andrews, whose free trade support doesn’t match with Democrats’ desire for jobs by Americans for Americans, are duking it out for second and third place. But now, the gloomy second thought. Could Cargas and Andrews voters come together to beat Squiers in a second round? Of course they could. In Texas, elections almost always seem to find a way to wander around until the absolutely worst, forehead-slap-provoking choice is made.

8th District: Republican incumbent Kevin Brady is being challenged by Larry Youngblood, who suggests that secession should be considered, and that Texans should “be prepared to be an independent state once again…if this nation does not rapidly change direction and remove Obama from office”.

There is only one Democrat running to represent the 8th congressional district. Neil Burns proposes strengthening regulations and protection of Social Security and Medicare.

Texas is not in the mood for secession, it seems. Youngblood goes down, big time, with maybe less than a quarter of the vote.

9th District: There are no primary contests in this district, but there will be some linguistic interest worthy of note for the general election. The 9th congressional district is one of two in Texas that will feature a Green vs. Green theme. Incumbent conservative Democrat Al Green will be running against Vanessa Foster, the Green Party candidate, in the general election.

There’s a Republican running too: Steve Mueller. Mueller has discussed no political issues online, other than to write the single word, “FREEDOM!!!” Mueller has acknowledged, however, that he is “a God-fearing, fully-practicing Roman Catholic”. Fully practicing? What does that mean – that he sings matins before the break of dawn every day? Why is this relevant to a campaign for public office? Does Mueller want to purge partially-practicing Catholics from government?

There will be no primary election results from this district tonight.

10th District: Republican incumbent Michael McCaul is being challenged in the Republican primary by Eddie Traylor, who warns that “Congress must be stopped.” Is stopping Congress and joining Congress the same thing? Though Traylor has gained the endorsement of the Get Out Of Our House Super PAC, which runs with the rather ridiculous rallying cry “GOOOH!”

There is a Democratic primary in this district, but it doesn’t appear to be very competitive. William Miller is still on the ballot, but has ceded the race to Tawana Cadien.

It’s early in the night, and many precincts have yet to report, but Michael McCaul so far has nearly a four-to-one lead. It looks like GOOOH may need to change its acronym to DOH! What does that stand for, Dunking Our Heads?

As for the Democratic race, we wrote that Miller had conceded the race, but it sure doesn’t look like voters caught that rumor. So far, Miller is running at about 40 percent or a little less.

11th District: Republican incumbent Michael Conaway has a zero percent liberal legislative rating, but that’s not good enough for some Republicans, so Conaway has two challengers in the primary today:
- Wade Brown, who wants to repeal the 17th Amendment to the Constitution and defund the EPA
- Chris Younts, whose energy plan is to increase fossil fuels production now, and bother with environmental considerations later, in the future, after nifty new technology has been invented

The winner in the Republican primary will face Jim Riley, who opposes free trade agreements such as NAFTA, and supports the repeal of the Patriot Act.

Looks like Republicans like that zero percent liberal rating after all. Brown and Younts are floundering far, far behind Michael Conaway.

12th District: Republican incumbent Kay Granger is opposed in today’s primary by Bill Lawrence, who doesn’t go into detail about his positions very much, though he repeatedly points to his endorsement by Phyllis Schlafly, an activist against womens’ rights who has said that women ought to be happy to stay in the home rather than going out to build careers for themselves.

The winner of the Republican primary will campaign against Democrat Dave Robinson, a former teacher who focuses on economic issues, referring to the Republicans as “a party of the wealthy, by the wealthy and especially for the wealthy”.

Kay Granger seems to be able to fend off the Phyllis Schafly mystique quite well, hanging out around 80 percent, with Bill Lawrence nowhere in sight.

13th District: Incumbent Republican Mac Thornberry is being challenged in the GOP primary by Pam Barlow, who promises, if she is elected to Congress, to work for the total elimination of Social Security.

There is not a single Democratic candidate for Congress in the 13th district, but there is a Green Party candidate: Kevin Houston.

Hint to Republicans: Maybe the whole idea of the elimination of Social Security isn’t such a hot political tool for you. Pam Barlow is losing, very badly.

14th District: Ron Paul has been representing this district for quite some time, but with his second presidential campaign going down in flames, Representative Paul is set to retire. There are nine Republicans competing for his job:
- John Gay, who says that it will be his job in Congress to enforce “God’s Laws”, and accuses working Americans of being “self-loathing” and “self-destructive”.
- Robert Gonzalez, a humble man who announces that “America is primed, once again, for greatness… America needs leadership and I AM that leader.”
- George Harper, who proposes “a revolution in government every generation”.
- Felicia Harris, who vigilantly declares that “we will continue to be on the offensive because the fight against radical Islamic fascist is one we must win.” Which Islamic fascist is it we must win against? Harris isn’t naming names.
- Mark Mansius, who agrees with the statement by John Adams that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” What does Mansius propose to do with the millions of non-religious Americans whose numbers are growing in every state, including Texas – force them to move to Canada?
- Jay Old, who says that “Drilling for and refining our natural resources must be priority one.”
- Bill Sargent, who advises that “We must get rid of the “magnets” that draw illegal aliens. Things like free food stamps, free health care, and free education should be eliminated.” Yes, if we only would make the United States into a miserable, impoverished nation with rampant disease and a generation of uneducated children, that certainly would cause fewer people to want to move to the United States. Good thinking there, Bill!
- Michael Truncale, who says that he is against “Federal Government Intrusion Into Our Daily Lives” and supports laws that prohibit the private decision of same-sex couples to get married.
- Randy Weber, who urges an agenda under which “every life is cherished and protected”, except for the lives of gay and lesbian people, of course, who will have to continue to live as second class citizens if Randy Weber has his way.

Two Democrats are running to replace Ron Paul:
- Nick Lampson, whose conservative politics lost the support of many Democratic voters in his previous term in Congress
- Linda Dailey, not much more inspiring with her conspicuous displays of “faith in God” and urging for “peace through strength”.

Rhett Rosenquest Smith is also running as the Green Party candidate in this district.

Lampson is the winner among the Democrats, who seem to have valued the disaster they’re already familiar with.

It’s clear that there’s going to be runoff among the Republicans, but who will be in the running? Currently, the top two picks are Weber and Harris at 28 and 19 percent respectively – so discriminating against gays pulls ahead of being paranoid about Muslims.

15th District: Conservative Democrat Ruben Hinojosa, who votes along with House Republicans almost as often as he votes with Democrats, is facing four Democratic challengers:
- David Cantu, another one of the Democratic candidates for Congress who feels the need to start practically every statement by talking about his “Faith in God”
- Jane Cross, who is running with the approval of the Get Out Of Our House PAC, and the same inane “GOOOH!” rallying cry. Lumping yourself in with the likes of Eddie Traylor may not be the best way to win a Democratic primary election.
- Johnny Partain, who admits that just three weeks ago, “I suffered a 3 day armed standoff” with law enforcement agents surrounding his home. “I must be doing something right to get all this attention,” he says.
- Ruben Ramirez, who proposes more guns and more oil drilling as a solution to America’s problems.

Whichever Democrat emerges from this rather embarrassing battle will face one of four Republicans:
- Dale Brueggemann, who points out that “the lack of a cohesive and sensible immigration policy has created a level of anxiety and acrimony seldom seen.” What Brueggemann doesn’t share in his immigration speeches is the fact that illegal crossings of the border with Mexico are rapidly declining, which makes Brueggemann’s attempt to exploit immigration-related anxiety and acrimony especially crass.
- Rebecca Cervera, who tells us that we can either choose to be gun owners, or choose to be victims. The majority of Americans who don’t own guns and live in peace must be victims of… of… of not having a cool toy that goes “Bang!”
- Jim Kuiken, who advises us that “If any politician ever tells you they will ‘create jobs,’ run the other way.” Well, golly, where can we run to? They’re everywhere! Of course, the government does create jobs, with remarkably greater efficiency than firms that siphon off profits to investors that hoard trillions of dollars in wealth.
- Eddie Zamora, who wants us to live under the Ten Commandments, which, by the way, did not outlaw child prostitution. What secrets are you hiding, Mr. Zamora? Zamora also says that “Our Faith, Morals, and Values are what drive this country to not settle for today’s problems…” but to go all the way back to the problems of 2,000 years ago. Okay, he didn’t really say that second part explicitly, but it was implied.

Congressman Hinojosa has fended off the inter-party challengers, but the Republican contest is not going to be finalized any time soon. Eddie “Stone Tablets” Zamora is just a couple of points ahead of Brueggemann, with both in the very low 30 percents.

16th District: Republican-friendly Democrat Silvestre Reyes is another one of those incumbents who is being challenged by the Republican-funded Campaign for Primary Accountability. Paul Johnson and Buddy Mendoza have mounted sluggish challenges. Jerome Tilghman shows a bit more energy, but careens off-course with his support for undermining the separation of Church and State with “faith based initiatives”. The Accountability PAC-powered Democratic challenger is Beto O’Rourke, who criticizes Reyes on his support for the government surveillance created under the Patriot Act, and promises a generic agenda of government reform.

There’s a Republican primary contest in the 16th congressional district as well. Barbara Carrasco, who opposes marriage equality and favors cuts to Social Security and Medicare, is running against Corey Roen, whose campaign has filled in a cut-and-paste form, leaving the following issue statement dangling at the end: “SAMPLE ISSUE: This is a brief synopsis of your position on this issue. You can edit or remove this by going to the Issues section in the control panel.” Way to manage those details, Mr. Roen!

Both the Republican and the Democratic contests in the 16th district are too close to call at this point. As of right now, Beto O’Rourke is ahead of the incumbent, Silvestre Reyes, but not by far. Carrasco is ahead or Roen by between 15 and 20 points, but that could still easily be reversed.

District 17: There is no Democratic primary in the 17th congressional district. In fact, there is no Democratic candidate at all.

The sole contest is between incumbent Congressman Bill Flores and George Hindman, a former NASA engineer who now cannot muster the technical know-how required to get a web site online. There’s not much question of who will win this race.

Well, we saw this one coming. Bill Flores hands Hindman his ass on a platter. Hindman won’t even get a third of the vote tonight.

District 18: Democratic incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee will not face any primary challenger today. Neither will Republican candidate Sean Seibert.

There will be no primary election results from this district tonight.

District 19: GOP Incumbent Randy Neugebauer is facing a primary challenge from Republican Chris Winn, who posts the rather non-binding Boy Scout Law on his campaign web site, and then tells his supporters that “This election is about US versus Them.” You know… Them.

There are no Democratic candidates at all in the 19th congressional district, but if there were, they would definitely be part of Them.

Them won in the 19th congressional district race. Of course, you know who was really behind this result, don’t you? That’s right. They were. You’ll see Neugebauer in the next Congress.

District 20: There are no primary elections in this district. The retiring Charles Gonzales is making way for Democrat Joaquin Castro, who isn’t being challenged by any other Democrat seeking the job. Thus, Castro hasn’t bothered to make it clear where he stands on very many political issues. An enduring vagueness is supposed to be good for the party.

On the Republican side, David Rosa isn’t being challenged for his party’s primary either, but he has posted an Issues page on his campaign web site. Of course, the David Rosa Issues page is completely blank.

Antonio Diaz will be running as the Green Party candidate. No contest there, either.

The people of the 20th congressional district of Texas must be feeling especially involved today.

There will be no primary election results from this district tonight.

District 21: Republican incumbent Lamar Smith is being challenged by two other GOP candidates:
- Richard Mack doesn’t like to tell people his first name. He prefers just to be called Sheriff Mack. Mack has a rather different view of marriage equality than most Republicans. He simply wants the government to butt out and let people settle their own marriage affairs. “I don’t believe government has any business being involved in what marriage is and what marriage isn’t,” he writes. On the other hand, Mack sympathizes with white separatist Randy Weaver.
- Richard Morgan, the other Republican in the race, doesn’t mention marriage at all on his campaign web site. On economic issues, he supports giving corporations more tax breaks.

Daniel Boone, one of the two Democrats competing in the 21st district’s primary today, has a different view of economics. He believes that the wealthiest Americans have accumulated too much power, and proposes “Eliminating the power of the ultra wealthy, corporations and foreign interests to control the message the people repeatedly hear.” The other Democrat in the race, Candace Duval, is not quite so clear on economic issues, saying that she will “work across the aisle.”

As mentioned earlier, there are two candidates seeking the Green Party nomination for this seat. That contest will be decided in the second week of June.

Lamar Smith is the clear winner in this district’s Republican primary. And for the Democrats… the Republican-Democrat is winning. Do Democratic voters in the 21st district like having the wealthy, corporations and foreign interests control the message?

22nd District: Republican incumbent Pete Olson is facing off against Barbara Carlson, who opposes the extraordinary detention powers contained in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act. Carlson also believes in conspiracy theories about “global governance”, however, and dismisses the concerns of The 99 Percent as merely “occupy nonsense”.

Before, Kesha Rogers, a right wing devotee of Lyndon LaRouche, was able to grab a Democratic nomination for the U.S. House in 2010, but went down in flames in the general election on account of her embrace of weird conspiracy theories and right wing political ideas. This year, she must contend with K.P. George, a more conventional Democrat who sticks to safe issues in his campaign, such as jobs, protecting Social Security, and supporting education.

Don Cook will also be running in the general election, as the Green Party candidate.

Pete Olson has flicked Barbara Carlson off to the side without breaking a sweat… and oh my gosh, with just 16 percent of the precincts left to report, crackpot Kesha Rogers is 22 votes ahead of K.P. George. Has somebody been performing scientific experiments on the Democrats in the 22nd district, leaving them unable to sense the presence of paranoid delusions in a political candidate?

23rd District: The Republican incumbent in this district, Francisco Canseco, is unopposed within his own party. Three Democrats, however, are contending to take on Canseco in the general election:
- John Bustamante is running on issues like opposition to the death penalty and funding for basic scientific research.
- Pete Gallego is hardly talking about political issues at all, sending out news releases about his political connections in horse race stories instead. 23rd district Democrats may have cause for concern with Gallego’s self-described record of “reaching across the aisle” – and voting like a Republican.
- Ciro Rodriguez is a former member of Congress whose Republican-friendly voting record disenchanted Democratic voters and resulted in his loss of office in a previous election.

Ed Scharf will also be running in the general election, as the Green Party candidate.

It’s Ciro Rodriguez and Pete Gallego who will be the leading contenders. Will Bustamante get enough to trigger a runoff? So far, Rodriguez is just edging above 50 percent…

24th District: Kenny Marchant, the Republican incumbent in this district, has one challenger: Grant Stinchfield. Stinchfield counts himself as a member of the Tea Party, and says that his personal “religion is at the heart of” his political agenda. The result: Stinchfield wants liberty for people like himself, but wants big government to come along and enforce his religious beliefs on people don’t share his background.

There is no Democratic primary election in the 24th congressional district, and as a result, Democratic candidate Tim Rusk has coasted along, not bothering to create much of a campaign.

Few Republican voters wanted to drink any of Stinchfield’s tea tonight He’s lost with less than a third of the vote.

25th District: This is a new congressional district, and so it has no incumbent. It’s been set up as a Republican-friendly district, however, so there are Republicans all over it, like flies on cow pies. There are 12 GOP candidates fighting for this seat, and they’re nutty as a nest of squirrels, and there’s likely to be a runoff among them.

Not so for the Democrats. They have just one candidate in this district: Elaine Henderson, who is using the campaign in order to highlight her opposition to SOPA, legislation in Congress that many believe would lead to Internet censorship. Roger Quannah Settler will also be in the general election, as the Green Party candidate.

Michael Williams comes in first. Wes Riddle comes in second place, with allusions to Texas independence. Neither one is close to having enough to avoid a runoff.

26th District: Michael Burgess, the Republican incumbent of the 26th congressional district, is facing no primary challenge this year. Neither is David Sanchez, who describes himself as a “progressive Democrat”, supporting equality under the law regardless of sexual orientation. Michael Cary will also be in the race, as the Green Party candidate.

There will be no primary election results from this district tonight.

District 27: Republican incumbent Blake Farenthold has gained a reputation as one of the more rude members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He ran as a Tea Party outside two years ago, but now he’s being challenged himself by…
- John Grunwald, who mostly posts about small local issues, such as a change in the day that garbage is picked up from the curb
- Don Al Middlebrook, who is a bit obsessed with the Federal Reserve, and offers the contradictory statement that marriage is ordained by God, and therefore is in need of constitutional protection
- Trey Roberts, who demands an end to the moratorium on offshore drilling, perhaps not realizing that there is no moratorium on offshore drilling

There are three Democrats running for the opportunity to contest the winner of the Republican contest:
- Rose Meza Harrison, who focuses on mainstream Democratic issues, such as protecting Social Security from privatization and offering a middle class tax cut
- Ronnie (not Ronald) McDonald, who promises vaguely to offer leadership on economic issues, but says little else
- Jerry Trevino, who pledges to bring Texas values to Washington D.C., a frightening idea to the rest of us. Trevino talks about the need to protect jobs from environmental regulation. Those are Oil Values talking, I think.
- Murphy Alade Junaid, who says that he wants to remove corrupt officials from office, and says that most of the other candidates are just “razzle dazzlers”.

With just 26.2% of the precincts reporting, the Associated Press is calling the election for Blake Farenthold, who has about 80 percent of the Republican vote so far. I think, if I were one of his constituents, I’d prefer the guy who talks about garbage truck routes. Jerry Trevino is ahead in the Democratic race so far, but with under 50 percent. There will probably be another opportunity to turn back this crude oil Democrat back, but will Texas voters want to?

District 28: Incumbent Democrat Henry Cuellar, who usually goes along with right wing Republican politics, has no challenger from within the Democratic Party. Neither does Republican William R. Hayward, an ostrich rancher who threatens to force everyone in the United States to get “in line with the will of God”. It’s all very cozy in the 28th district – and very, very controlled.

There will be no primary election results from this district tonight.

District 29: There are no primaries here, and not even one Republican candidate. There’s some interest coming in the general election, however, as Democratic incumbent Gene Greene, whose voting record leans into right wing territory, is being challenged from the Green Party, by Maria Selva. It’s installment two of Green vs. Green – in this case, Greene vs. Green.

There will be no primary election results from this district tonight.

District 30: Eddie Bernice Johnson, who has a somewhat liberal voting record in this district’s seat in Congress, is being challenged by two Democrats:
- Barbara Mallory Caraway, who focuses on the style of Johnson’s congressional service, asking for a more open and interactive manner of communication with constituents
- Taj Clayton, who seeks improved economic development for the district

The single Republican candidate in the district is less focused. The closest thing that Travis Washington makes to a policy statement is to say, “Success is attainable when ethical leaders share vision, are able to set objectives towards accomplishing that vision, and follow through. I am fan of, and will support, policies that are to the benefit of the 30th Congressional District and the American people.”

Representative Johnson sailed away with this one. Neither Clayton nor Caraway seems likely to get even 20 percent of the vote.

District 31: Solidly right wing Republican incumbent John Carter is getting a primary challenge from Eric Klingemann. Klingemann does not mince words in criticizing Carter’s record in Congress: “Our 15 Trillion in debt was brought to us by Republicans, while they controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency. When they claim to make a ‘reduction in spending’ their first priority, it is kind of like an ARSONIST, saying they support the local Fire Department. Hypocritical, dis-ingenuous, heck, almost criminal!” Why, if this is true, should 31st district voters choose Klingemann, another Republican? Details, details, details.

Stephen Wyman, the single Democratic candidate in Carter’s district, quotes Benjamin Franklin as a hint to his political agenda: “Those who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security.”

In spite of the “almost criminal” allegations about John Carter, Eric Klingemann has maybe just 25 percent of the vote. John Carter will be the one debating Stephen Wyman this autumn.

District 32: There is no challenger from within the Republican primary to incumbent Congressman Pete Sessions. There are, however, two candidates competing for the Democratic nomination:
- Walter Hofheinz, who calls himself an “independent Democrat”, and wears a bow tie, the uniform for fiscal conservatism. Yet, Hofheinz supports a more progressive tax system, asking, “Why should income generated by having money be subject to less taxes than income generated by work?”
- Katherine Savers McGovern offers less information for voters, reducing her issue statements to mere bullet points, and listing off endorsing precinct chairs, as if that’s a coherent reason for voters to add their endorsement

Endorsements appear to have won the day for McGovern. You know what to do, voters… vote like these other good people. They must know what they’re doing, right?

District 33

The 33rd congressional district of Texas is a new one, so it’s wide open, with no incumbent candidate to intimidate challengers with the threat of political inertia.

There are two Republican candidates competing against each other. Chuck Bradley has come out with a large number of interesting statements, such as the claim that “The Democrat Party has a stated goal of seeing fuel costs rise to over $6.00 per gallon.” I haven’t found that plank in the Democratic Party Platform yet. Charles King hasn’t demonstrated the werewithal to release the typical kooky Texas Republican statements about God, guns, and crude oil.

There are a whopping eleven Democrats competing for their party’s nomination in this district – a recipe for runoff.

Ed Lindsay will also be running in the general election, as the Green Party candidate.

Republicans seem to believe the story about the 6 dollar per gallon secret Democratic plan for gas. Chuck Bradley won the Republican nomination.

In the Democratic primary election, Marc Veasey has come in first, and Domingo Garcia have pulled ahead of the crowd, and will face each other in a runoff election.

District 34: This district is another new, open seat. There are three candidates competing for the GOP nomination here:
-Jessicea Puente Bradshaw, campaigning with the motto, “America Again”, making me wonder when Bradshaw thinks it hasn’t been America here… back to the days of the Texas Republic, perhaps?
- Adela Garza, who writes, “it is people – not government – who create jobs”, but then, we have a government of the people, so…
- Paul Haring, who comments, “While I support the dignity of all people, only a man and a woman should be able to enter into the life-giving relationship of marriage,” which is kind of like saying, “While I support the dignity of all people, only whites should be able to get lunch at the counter at Woolworth’s.”

Eight Democrats are competing for their party’s nomination in this district. Again, it’s likely we’ll see a runoff.

Let’s not confuse our Garzas here. On the Democratic side, Ramiro Garza is one two candidates (the other one being Denise Blanchard) competing very tightly for the second slot in a runoff election. Filemon Vela has secured the first slot.

In the Republican primary, Adela Garza is neck and neck with Jessica Puente Bradshaw in competition for the lead, but it seems clear that the two will compete again in a Republican primary runoff.

District 35: Somewhat liberal Democratic incumbent Lloyd Doggett is dealing with challenges from two Democrats today:
- Maria Luisa Alvarado, who seems to be campaigning on the basis of her identity in the community and personal biography more than on the basis of political ideals
- Sylvia Romo, who gives the cues of promoting a more right wing, Republican-friendly political agenda, promising to “reach across party and ideological lines”

Three candidates are competing for the Republican nomination today:
- Susan Narvaiz, another one of the Texas Republicans who suggest that if we only made life in America less appealing, immigration would be reduced. As she puts it, “Remove the Magnets that make illegal entry attractive”.
- Rob Roark, who says that he’s running to promote “constitutional freedom”, but opposes equal marriage rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples
- John Yoggerst, who suggests that America will get the jobs it needs if only health care reform is repealed and the XL Pipeline for crude oil sludge from the Alberta tar sands is allowed to snake across America

Meghan Owen will be the Green Party candidate for Congress from this district.

With just few precincts open, Lloyd Doggett is doing very well. Among the Republicans, Susan Narvaiz is hanging on above 50 percent, and may be able to escape a runoff primary election.

District 36: This is the last of the new congressional districts this year – too many Texans! It has no incumbents, but a whole bunch of Republicans lining up to run in the primary, as the district has been gerrymandered just for them. A good dozen GOP candidates are competing tonight, so a runoff is all but assured.

There’s just one Democrat running for this new seat, though: Max Martin, who echoes the slogan of the Occupy Movement: “We are the 99%!”

Stephen Takach, Steve Stockman and Mike Jackson are all within a couple of percentage points of each other right now. Two of these Republicans will face each other in a runoff election. One will join the others in the elimination pile.

12 comments to 2012 Texas Congressional Primary Election Results

  • Chris Sare

    Check your facts. Kesha Rogers won the last primary against two other challengers. She got a majority in a three way race. She is also NOT a right winger, unless you consider FDR a right winger. I’m just sayin…

    • Lyndon LaRouchies, not right wingers? Well, you have a point. LaRouchies aren’t just right wingers, they’re also kooks. “Space Colonization and Planetary Defense” is one of Kesha’s main policy points. Wow.

      You’re right about the 2010 primary, though. She had two Democratic opponents, and why they weren’t selected is beyond me, given the wacko conspiracy theories Kesha Rogers has about British banks and denying human responsibility for global warming.

  • Chris Sare

    Do you mock Kennedy’s moon shot as well? Think for yourself.

    • I do think for myself. The space program for today is not Kennedy’s moon shot. There’s no need to send human beings to Mars, not for a long time at least, when the robotic rovers are doing so well. Please, let’s not indulge the NASA pork barrel.

  • Chris Sare

    Kennedy’s space program would have had man on Mars by 1985. NASA doesn’t cost money, it creates wealth. 15 times as much as we invest into it. We are living on the technology from the space program. HAVE FUN:)

    • What would those people on Mars have done in 1985? Nothing compared to what the rovers are doing now. I appreciate many aspects of the space program, but this is not the Cold War, and the space program DID cost money, and we now have the ability to do basic scientific research without sending people to the Moon and Mars! Update your rhetoric from the middle of the last century, please. Let’s not play Star Trek with our budget. We need to money here at home.

  • Chris Sare

    Yeah we may need to bail out JP Morgan Chase again.

  • Danny Sandoval

    Ruben Hinojosa from Cong. Dist. 15 is NOT conservative! He rarely votes with Republicans and is considered to be a “rubber stamp” for Obama’s progressive agenda.

    • Sorry, Danny, but what you say is plainly ridiculous. Is this your Texas talking?

      First of all, if you talk to progressive Democrats (not machine Democrats), they’ll tell you that they don’t regard Barack Obama’s agenda as very progressive at all.

      Secondly, if you look at the That’s My Congress legislative scorecard for Hinojosa, you’ll see that he’s only got a liberal legislative rating of 37 out of 100. Go look: http://thatsmycongress.com/house/repHinojosaTX15112.html

      If Ruben Hinojosa is a rubber stamp, then he’s a rubber stamp that runs away much of the time and refusing to be inked.

      Come here with some facts, next time, Danny, not mere assertions.

  • Rith King Kollman

    I also have to add that you should check your facts. U.S. Congressional Candidate in the 27th District Jerry J. Trevino favors “reasonable environmental safeguards without eliminating jobs” (as posted on his web site http://www.texansfortrevino.com/texas_values), not what you misstated above (I’m quoting you now), that he “talks about the need to protect jobs from environmental regulation.” More of Jerry’s Texas Values (I’m quoting Jerry now) can be found at the same site: “hard work, education and faith.” “Frightening ideas” (quoting you now), indeed. 

    • Rith, it is frightening when politicians use religion to try to drum up support to advance their personal ambitions. And Rith, read back what you just wrote – implicit in what you quoted from Trevino is an implication from the candidate that environmental regulations are threatening jobs, and that jobs have to be protected from environmental regulation.

      THINKING about what you read… do they teach you to do that in Texas schools?

      Seriously, do Texans realize how ridiculous they make themselves look to the rest of the country when they go to the voting booth?

  • Stephen Kent Gray

    http://politics1.com/tx.htm

    Politics 1 is my favorite source of politics info.

    Also, how did you manage to mention every single Green running for Congress yet manage to ignore all 33-36 districts where a Libertarian is running for Congress as well? As well as the Independents running as well?

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