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2012 Congressional Election

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Democracy, as Far as It Goes

Texas Weekly

Texas politicians can easily represent the people who elect them without necessarily representing the people of Texas. To get re-elected, they have to please their voters, not the general population. These charts show the state's voting age population and the number of voters who turned out in each Texas 2012 election district.

Pete Gallego makes his acceptance speech accompanied by his wife, Maria Elena and son, Nicolas, 8,  during the district 23 victory party at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in south San Antonio, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Pete Gallego makes his acceptance speech accompanied by his wife, Maria Elena and son, Nicolas, 8, during the district 23 victory party at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in south San Antonio, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Congressional Roundup: Gallego Closely Defeats Canseco

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is headed from the Texas House to the U.S. House after narrowly defeating Republican U.S. Rep Francisco “Quico” Canseco in the state's expensive congressional race.

Ted Cruz supporters at his election night watch party in Houston on July 31, 2012.
Ted Cruz supporters at his election night watch party in Houston on July 31, 2012.

Ted Cruz Easily Wins U.S. Senate Race

Ted Cruz, a Harvard-educated lawyer and Tea Party icon, easily won the U.S. Senate race Tuesday night, becoming the first Hispanic from Texas to land the job. "They said it was impossible," Cruz said Tuesday, talking about his candidacy. "They said it couldn’t be done, but when the people stand together nothing is impossible."

Finally, the Final Campaign Push

It's been an unconventional election cycle in Texas. Court challenges to redistricting led to an ever-changing primary date and created a packed schedule between the runoff and state and national conventions. The campaigns awake today knowing — win or lose — it all comes to end.

2012 Texas Election Brackets

Throughout the election year, we've tracked the progress of the candidates with our basketball tournament-inspired brackets. Now it's time for the final round. Once the elections end, the brackets will be full, with results from each round. And they will continue to include links to districts and candidate information.

Sign at the Acres Homes Center in Houston alerts voters to try a different location on Election Day
Sign at the Acres Homes Center in Houston alerts voters to try a different location on Election Day

What to Expect When You’re Electing

Texas Weekly

It’s not the most exciting election season Texas has ever seen. Most legislative races are over after the primaries and what’s left, with an exception in the Texas Senate, don’t appear to involve the balance of power in the House.

Video: Analyzing the UT/TT Poll

It took the pulse of Texas voters and showed where they rate government and social issues and what they think of Washington and their local representatives. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll out last week revealed a few surprises and offered insight about public attitudes leading up to Tuesday's election.

Pete Gallego and Francisco "Quico" Canseco.
Pete Gallego and Francisco "Quico" Canseco.

More Than $5 Million In Outside Money In CD-23

Texas Weekly

Voters in Congressional District 23 are getting a taste of what folks in swing states are seeing in the presidential contest: a real nailbiter of a race. Each side claims it's winning, but the amount of money and the tenor of the attack ads suggest the race is a tossup.

Cruz Highlights Father in Latest TV Ad

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz's father, Rafeal Cruz, is the star of his son's latest election ad for television. 

"The promise of freedom drove me to overcome torture in Cuba and come to Texas," Rafeal Cruz says in the ad.

Cruz is running against Democrat Paul Sadler, Libertarian John Jay Myers and Green Party candidate David Collins to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican. Both Sadler and Myers have also released television ads in the past month.

In First TV Ad, Sadler Calls Cruz "Extreme"

With just more than a week until Election Day, former state Rep. Paul Sadler, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, released his first television ad Monday. He touts his experience and derides Republican Ted Cruz as "the most extreme Senate candidate in Texas history."

In the ad, Sadler highlights a string of accolades he earned while representing Henderson in the House during the 1990s, as well as endorsements he's received from several Texas newspapers. The campaign also posted a longer version of the ad that features letters of support to Sadler from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry when Sadler was in the Legislature.

Sadler campaign spokesman Chuck McDonald said the ad will run in "targeted markets" later this week. In an email to supporters Monday, the campaign asked for donations to pay for more airtime in the last days of the race.

Cruz Touts "American Dream" in New Election Ad

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz released a new television ad Tuesday targeting general election voters called "American Dream."

In the ad, Cruz touts his interest in shrinking the size of government and encouraging the growth of small businesses. He also highlights his father's journey as a young man from Cuba to Texas. 

Cruz is running against Democrat Paul Sadler, Libertarian John Jay Myers and Green Party candidate David Collins to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidate Myers Releases TV Ad

Libertarian John Jay Myers, a candidate for U.S. Senate, released a TV commercial in time for the start of early voting. 

In the ad, Myers highlights his support for ending U.S. involvement in foreign wars and more broadly keeping the government out of people's lives.

"You should be able to eat, drink or smoke whatever it is you like," Myers says in the ad. "It's certainly not governmnet's business to tell you who you can marry."

Myers said the commercial will air in the Ellis County area on CNN, the History Channel, FOX News, ESPN and the Discovery Channel. His campaign is asking for donations to air the ad in other markets around the state.

Myers is running against Republican Ted Cruz, Democrat Paul Sadler and Green Party candidate David Collins to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Pete Gallego and Francisco "Quico" Canseco.
Pete Gallego and Francisco "Quico" Canseco.

Heated Battle in CD-23 Getting Lots of Attention

Texas Republicans are used to playing offense — and winning. But in the sprawling 23rd Congressional District, in which U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco is being challenged by state Rep. Pete Gallego, Republicans have a fight on their hands. And in some ways, the closely fought race offers a glimpse of the state’s future.

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, smiles at a question during a TribLive event with Evan Smith at the Austin Club on February 9, 2012.  Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District against Quico Canseco
State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, smiles at a question during a TribLive event with Evan Smith at the Austin Club on February 9, 2012. Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District against Quico Canseco

Bill Clinton to Stump for Pete Gallego in San Antonio

Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Texas this week to stump for state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-San Antonio, the Gallego campaign has announced.