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Monday, March 12, 2012

Texas Senate

Congratulations to the 9 members of the Texas Senate who do not have major party opposition and were reelected as of the filing deadline:

  • Bob Deuell
  • Jane Nelson
  • Rodney Ellis
  • John Carona
  • Joan Huffman
  • Glen Hegar
  • Troy Fraser
  • Leticia Van de Putte
  • Eddie Lucio
As we knew, the following 4 Senators retired:
  • Steve Ogden, and his replacement will be decided in a Republican primary contest between Ben Bius and Dr. Charles Schwertner
  • Florence Shapiro, and her likely replacement will be Ken Paxton (although he does have a Democratic opponent)
  • Chris Harris, and his replacement will likely be decided in a Republican primary contest between Reps. Kelly Hancock and Todd Smith (although there is also a Democratic general election opponent)
  • Mike Jackson, and his replacement will likely be decided in a Republican primary contest among Rep. Larry Taylor, Dave Norman and Daniel McCool (although there is also a Democratic general election opponent)

5 Republican Senators are facing one primary opponent, which means that they cannot be forced into a July 31 runoff (a bad place to be for any incumbent):

  • Robert Nichols
  • Tommy Williams
  • Robert Duncan
  • Craig Estes
  • Kel Seliger
Sen. Jeff Wentworth has 2 primary opponents as well a general election opponent.

3 Republican and 9 Democratic Senators have general election opponents only:
  • Kevin Eltife
  • Mario Gallegos
  • Dan Patrick
  • Wendy Davis
  • Kirk Watson
  • John Whitmire
  • Carlos Uresti
  • Juan Hinojosa
  • Judith Zaffirini
  • Brian Birdwell
  • Royce West
  • Jose Rodriguez
More information may be found at http://tinyurl.com/Texas-Senate