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The 2010 congressional elections in Texas will be 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.


Republican held districts


District 3

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  • Republican candidate Sam Johnson is the incumbent since 1991. In 2010, Johnson faces Independent Emma Berry, Democratic candidate John Lingenfelder and Libertarian candidate Christopher J. Claytor.

District 4

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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 just 57% of the vote, and will face a re-election campaign against Democrat attorney VaLinda Hathcox.[1]

District 5

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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, Hensaring was re-elected with 83.6% of the vote. In 2010, he went unopposed in the primary and will face Democrat activist Tom Berry in the general election.[2]

District 6

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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 will face Democrat activist David Cozad in the general election.[3]

District 7

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  • Republican John Culberson won re-election with 59% in 2006 and 55.9% in 2008, in what is otherwise a normally strong Republican district. In 2010, Culberson will go uncontested in the general election.

District 8

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  • Republican Kevin Brady represents a strongly GOP district, winning two-thirds of the vote in 2004 and 2006. The district was expected to remain in Republican hands; no Democrat has won this district since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Brady won re-election in 2008 with 72.6%. In 2010, he will face Democrat 2-time congressional candidate Kent Hargett in the general election.[4]

District 10

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  • Republican Michael McCaul will run for reelection in 2010.[5] Democrat war veteran Ted Ankrum will face him in the general election.[6]

District 11

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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% of the vote over minor party opposition. In 2010, he will face Democrat activist James Quillian in the general election.[7]

District 12

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  • Republican Kay Granger, who is considered a moderate by Texas Republican standards, won two-thirds of the vote in 2006, outperforming most of her fellow Texas Republican colleagues. In 2008, Granger won re-election with 67.6%. In 2010, she won the primary with 70%, and will face Democrat activist Tracey Smith in the general election.[8]

District 13

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  • Mac Thornberry represents this Texas Panhandle district. He won by a 3 to 1 margin in 2006 and faced only a Libertarian candidate in 2004. In 2008, Thornberry won re-election with 77.6%. In 2010, he will go uncontested in the general election.

District 14

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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. Democrats Pruett and Cochran are facing each other in a run off election.

District 19

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District 21

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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 will face Democrat real estate broker Lainey Melnick in the general election.[10]

District 22

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District 24

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  • Republican Kenny Marchant won 60% of the vote in this Republican-leaning district that gave George W. Bush 65% of the vote in 2004. He won re-election in 2008 with 55.9%. In 2010, he will go uncontested in the general election.

District 26

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  • Republican Michael Burgess won re-election in 2006 with 60%, a six-percent drop from his 2004 victory against another Democrat. He won in 2008 with 60.2%. In 2010, he will face Democrat attorney Neil Durrance and Libertarian Mark Boler.[12]

District 31

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  • John Carter won 59% in 2006 and 60% in 2008. In 2010, he will go uncontested in the general election.

District 32

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Democratic-held congressional districts

District 9

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  • Democrat Al Green was re-elected with 94% in 2008. Republican activist Steve Mueller will face Green in the general election.[14]

District 15

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  • Democrat Rubén Hinojosa won 62% in 2004 and 66% in 2008. In 2010, the Republican primary is having a run off election with Haring and Zamora.

District 16

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  • Democrat Silvestre Reyes is the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which could make him a target of some conservative Republicans over issues relating to immigration in spite of the fact that Reyes was a former border patrol agent. Still, the district remains overwhelmingly Democratic due to its large Hispanic population, and Reyes is popular with his constituents. He won two-thirds of the 2004 vote won with no Republican challenger in 2006. Reyes won re-election in 2008 with 82%. In 2010, he will face Republican navy veteran Tim Besco.[15]

District 17*

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  • Democrat Chet 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 is running again and qualified for a run off election against Bill Flores.[16]

District 18

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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%.

District 20

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  • Democrat Charlie Gonzalez represents much of heavily Democratic, largely Hispanic inner San Antonio, including the downtown area. He won two-thirds of the 2004 vote, 87% in 2006, and 72% in 2008. In 2010, Republicans Trotter and Martinez will face each other in a run off election.

District 23*

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  • Democrat Ciro Rodriguez was re-elected in 2008 with 56% of the vote. Obama carried the district with just 51% of the vote. The district is 55% hispanic, but has a Republican tilt as George Bush carried the district by a 15% margin. In the 2010 Republican primary, there will be a run off with small businessman Quico Canseco and CIA executive Will Hurd. Rodriquez won with 83% against Iraq war veteran Miguel Ortiz in the Democratic prmary.

District 25

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  • Democrat Lloyd Doggett represents a Democratic-leaning constituency. He won re-election with 66% in 2008.

District 27*

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  • Democrat Solomon Ortiz was re-elected in 2008 with 58% of the vote. Obama carried the district with just 53% of the vote. The district is nearly 70% hispanic, but also has a Republican tilt. The Republican primary will have a run off between attorney Blake Farenthold[17] and conservative activist James Duerr.[18]

District 28*

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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 will face Republican businessman Bryan Underwood[19] in the general election.

District 29

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District 30

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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, and will have to defeat Sheldon Goldstein to face Johnson in the general election.[21]

"*" Democrat in a district that is either leaning Republican or EVEN based on the Cook Partisan Voting Index


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