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Conservative Ranking


Texas is the 10th most conservative state, voting 20.4% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Texas is trending REPUBLICAN.
NOTE:  Texas' significant trend toward the GOP can be attributed somewhat to the presence of former Gov. George W. Bush on the ballot in 2000 and 2004.

GOP Trend Ranking


Texas ranks 12th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent John Cornyn is seeking a 2nd term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • John Cornyn - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Richard Noriega - Texas State Representitive  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District 22
    Incumbent:  Freshman DEM incumbent Nick Lampson is seeking a 2nd term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Pete Olsen - Congressional Aide  

    DEM Candidates

  • Nick Lampson - Incumbent  
  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Louie Gohmert (R)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 2:  Ted Poe (R)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 3:  Sam Johnson (R)-inc vs. Thomas Daley (D)
  • District 4:  Ralph Hall (R)-inc vs. Glenn Melancon (D)
  • District 5:  Jeb Hensarling (R)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 6:  Joe Barton (R)-inc vs. Ludwig Otto (D)
  • District 7:  John Culberson (R)-inc vs. Michael Skelly (D)
  • District 8:  Kevin Brady (R)-inc vs. Kent Hargett (D)
  • District 9:  Al Green (D)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 10:  Mike McCaul (R)-inc vs. Larry Joe Doherty (D)
  • District 11:  Michael Conaway (R)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 12:  Kay Granger (R)-inc vs. Tracey Smith (D)
  • District 13:  "Mac" Thornberry (R)-inc vs. Roger Waun (D)
  • District 14:  Ron Paul (R)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 15:  Ruben Hinojosa (D)-inc vs. Eddie Zamora (R)
  • District 16:  Silvestre Reyes (D)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 17:  Chet Edwards (D)-inc vs. Rob Curnock (R)
  • District 18:  Sheila Jackson Lee (D)-inc vs. John Faulk (R)
  • District 19:  Randy Neugebauer (R)-inc vs. Dwight Fullingim (D)
  • District 20:  Charlie Gonzalez (D)-inc vs. Robert Litoff (R)
  • District 21:  Lamar Smith (R)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 23:  Ciro Rodriguez (D)-inc vs. Lyle Larson (R) - possibly competitve
  • District 24:  Kenny Marchant (R)-inc vs. Tom Love (D)
  • District 25:  Lloyd Doggett (D)-inc vs. George Morovich (R)
  • District 26:  Michael Burgess (R)-inc vs. Ken Leach (D)
  • District 27:  Solomon Ortiz (D)-inc vs. Willie Vaden (R)
  • District 28:  Henry Cuellar (D)-inc vs. Jim Fish (R)
  • District 29:  Gene Green (D)-inc vs. Eric Story (R)
  • District 30:  Eddie Johnson (D)-inc vs. Fred Wood (R)
  • District 31:  John Carter (R)-inc vs. Brian Ruiz (D)
  • District 32:  Pete Sessions (R)-inc vs. Eric Robertson (D)
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    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • January 2, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • March 4, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • March 4, 2008 - Primary elections
  • April 11, 2008 - Primary runoff
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 GOP
      Representatives 19 GOP, 13 DEM
    State Government
      Governor GOP
      Lt. Governor GOP
      State Senate - GOP control 20 GOP, 11 DEM
      State House - GOP control 79 GOP, 70 DEM, 1 vacant

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Rick Perry (R) - 3rd term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  David Dewhurst (R) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Senior Senator:  Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) - 3rd term, up for re-election in 2012
  • Junior Senator:  John Cornyn (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2008
  • House District 1:  Louie Gohmert (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 2:  Ted Poe (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 3:  Sam Johnson (R) - 9th term
  • House District 4:  Ralph Hall (R) - 14th term
  • House District 5:  Jeb Hensarling (R) - 3rd term
  • House District 6:  Joe Barton (R) - 12th term
  • House District 7:  John Culberson (R) - 4td term
  • House District 8:  Kevin Brady (R) - 6th term
  • House District 9:  Al Green (D) - 2nd term
  • House District 10:  Mike McCaul (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 11:  Michael Conaway (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 12:  Kay Granger (R) - 6th term
  • House District 13:  "Mac" Thornberry (R) - 7th term
  • House District 14:  Ron Paul (R) - 9th term
  • House District 15:  Ruben Hinojosa (D) - 10th term
  • House District 16:  Silvestre Reyes (D) - 6th term
  • House District 17:  Chet Edwards (D) - 9th term
  • House District 18:  Sheila Jackson Lee (D) - 7th term
  • House District 19:  Randy Neugebauer (R) - 3rd term
  • House District 20:  Charlie Gonzalez (D) - 5th term
  • House District 21:  Lamar Smith (R) - 11th term
  • House District 22:  Nick Lampson (D) - 1st term
  • House District 23:  Ciro Rodriguez (D) - 1st term
  • House District 24:  Kenny Marchant (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 25:  Lloyd Doggett (D) - 7th term
  • House District 26:  Michael Burgess (R) - 3rd term
  • House District 27:  Solomon Ortiz (D) - 13th term
  • House District 28:  Henry Cuellar (D) - 2nd term
  • House District 29:  Gene Green (D) - 8th term
  • House District 30:  Eddie Johnson (D) - 8th term
  • House District 31:  John Carter (R) - 3rd term
  • House District 32:  Pete Sessions (R) - 6th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Solid GOP -- Solid GOP --

    Senate
    Class 1 Solid GOP -- -- Solid GOP
    Class 2 -- Strong GOP -- --

    Governor -- Solid GOP -- Mod GOP

    House 13 GOP - 17 DEM 15 GOP - 17 DEM 21 GOP - 11 DEM 19 GOP - 13 DEM
    CD-1 Strong DEM Strong DEM Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-2 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-3 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-4 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-5 Strong GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-6 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-7 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-8 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-9 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-10 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-11 Strong DEM Mod DEM Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-12 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-13 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-14 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-15 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-16 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-17 Solid DEM Weak DEM Weak DEM Solid DEM
    CD-18 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-19 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-20 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-21 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-22 Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP Strong DEM
    CD-23 Solid GOP Weak GOP Solid GOP Weak DEM
    CD-24 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-25 Solid DEM Strong DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-26 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-27 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-28 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-29 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-30 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-31 NA Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-32 NA Solid GOP Strong GOP Solid GOP

    BOLD - party turnover
    Party change not bolded resulted from redistricting before the 2004 election.
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Texas Race Tracking
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    John Cornyn - inc
    vs
    Richard Noriega
    Projected Winner
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    No race
    House District 4
    Nick Lampson - inc
    vs
    Pete Olsen
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