Liveblog: 2012 Election Results
Throughout the night, Tribune reporters will update you on the results of contested general election battles statewide, from the first early voting totals through the last ballots counted, from local legislative races to the presidency.
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Throughout the night, Tribune reporters will update you on the results of contested general election battles statewide, from the first early voting totals through the last ballots counted, from local legislative races to the presidency. We'll also be updating our election scoreboard as results roll in.
Will Democrat Nick Lampson upset Republican Randy Weber in Southeast Texas' CD-14, Ron Paul's former district? Can Republican state Rep. Mark Shelton defeat incumbent Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis in Fort Worth's SD-10? And will Democratic state Rep. Pete Gallego oust U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco to claim the CD-23 title?
Stay tuned for breaking news updates and political analysis. You can find complete election results here.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Tamir Kalifa.
A Blanco County resident heads to the Old Blanco County Courthouse to cast their vote in the last hour of voting in Tuesday's election. Photo by Bob Daemmrich.
Travis County Republican Party volunteer Lois Morea calls potential voters from the local party headquarters on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Tamir Kalifa.
Travis County Democratic Party volunteers make calls to voters on Election Day from the coordinated campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas. Photo by Tamir Kalifa.
Results from the Texas Secretary of State are starting to come in, check out our election scoreboard for updates.
In first early voting count out of Tarrant County, Wendy Davis and Mark Shelton are neck and neck in SD-10, separated by about 100 votes out of 180,000 ballots counted.
In SBOE-10, Republican Tom Maynard is leading Democrat Judy Jennings in early vote totals 53 to 47 percent.
For Texas House District 12 in Central Texas, Democrat Robert Stem is up over Republican Kyle Kacal in early voting.
In SBOE-8 Republican Barbara Cargill leads Democrat Dexter Smith in early vote totals 75 to 25 percent.
In early voting, Republican Christi Craddick is way up over Democrat Dale Henry in one race for the Railroad Commission; Republican Barry Smitherman, the incumbent commission chairman, is even further ahead of his Libertarian and Green party opponents in the second and final Railroad Commission race. No surprises here.
In Texas Court of Criminal Appeals races, Republican Judge Barbara Hervey wins over Libertarian Mark Bennett. Democrat Keith Hampton, is behind Republican Judge Sharon Keller in the early vote.
In HD-134, incumbent Rep. Sarah Davis is leading Democratic challenger Ann Johnson by 7,000 votes after early voting.
The race for CD-23 will be close, as predicted. Early voting results from Bexar County show incumbent Republican Francisco "Quico" Canseco has a slight lead over Democratic challenger Pete Gallego. The race attracted $10 million, including $6.5 million from outside political groups this cycle.
In Texas HD-31, Republican Ann Matthews is leading Democrat Ryan Guillen, the incumbent, by 590 votes after early voting.
In HD-147, we're calling the race for incumbent Democratic Rep. Garnet Coleman over his Green Party opponent Deb Shafto.
After early voting in SD-1, Republican Kevin Eltife leads Democrat Stephen Russell by just under 40,000 votes.
In HD-45, Incumbent Jason Isaac, a Republican, took 72 percent of the early vote. Democratic challenger John Adams took 25 percent, while the Libertarian candidate Jim Duke took 3 percent.
In the most competitive SBOE race, Republican incumbent Charlie Garza has about 60 percent of the early vote totals in the El Paso based district. But the district leans Democratic — so Democrat Martha Dominguez still has a chance.
In SD-22, Republican Brian Birdwell leads with nearly 90 percent of the early votes over Libertarian Tom Kilbride. Democrat Lyndon Laird withdrew from the race in August.
In SD-20, incumbent Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa is ahead of challenger, GOP House member Raul Torres 68,800 to 46,400 after early-voting returns from Hidalgo and Nueces counties.
Early voting results from Williamson County for HD-136 shows Republican Tony Dale ahead with 55 percent, followed by Democrat Matt Stillwell (40 percent) and Libertarian Matthew Whittington with 5 percent.
We've called SD-8 for Republican Ken Paxton over Democrat Jack G.B. Ternan Jr and Libertarian candidate Ed Kless. Paxton has 133,600 votes and Ternan Jr. has 68,700.
In two competitive Dallas County races, the Republican candidates took the lead in early voting results. In HD-114, first-time political candidate and Hispanic Republican Jason Villalba has nearly 5,700 more votes than Democrat Carol Kent. And in HD-107, incumbent Republican Kenneth Sheets leads Democratic challenger Robert Miklos by 1,700 votes.
Early-voting results from Hidalgo County show Democrat Bobby Guerra ahead of GOP’s Miriam Martinez in HD-41 race, 15,065 to 10,009.
We've called SD-22 for Brian Birdwell, who has 87 percent of reported votes, over Libertarian Tom Kilbride.
With early votes in, Republican Grant Rostig trails incumbent Democrat Judith Zaffirini by 15 percent in SD-21. Libertarian Joseph Morse has 3 percent.
Incumbent Democrat Carlos Uresti ahead of challenger Michael Berlanga 54,855 to 36,488 in SD-19 race.
In HD-8, Republican Byron Cook leads Democrat Charles Morgan in early vote totals from Ellis and Navarro counties by 4,500 votes.
Campaign interns Macy Nix, left, and Amy Nabozny, right, put Maine in the Obama column at Tea Party favorite Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz's watch party in Houston, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012. Photo by Michael Stravato.
These incumbent Republican U.S. Representatives have significant early leads: Louie Gohmert in CD-1, Ralph Hall in CD-4, Jeb Hensarling in CD-5, Joe Barton in CD-6, Lamar Smith in CD-21, Pete Olson in CD-22.
Reenactor William Temple of Georgia waves a flag at Tea Party favorite Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz's at a watch party in Houston, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012. Photo by Michael Stravato.
We are calling a slew of Congressional races, including for the following Republicans: Louie Gohmert wins in CD-1, Ted Poe wins in CD-2, Ralph Hall wins in CD-4, Jeb Hensarling in CD-5, John Culberson wins in CD-7, Lamar Smith wins in CD-21, Pete Olson in CD-22, Michael Burgess wins in CD-26. Those were all incumbents, but we are also calling the open CD-36 for Steve Stockman, who is also a Republican.
We've called CD-20 for Democrat Joaquin Castro, a former member of the Texas House who is on his way to Washington, DC.
Dem. Joe Moody has a very slim lead over Republican incumbent Dee Margo in HD-78, 12,746 to 12,467.
With El Paso County votes coming in, Democrat Martha Dominguez is surging back against incumbent Republican Charlie Garza in SBOE-1. He's at 51 to her 48 percent.
We're projecting Republican Christi Craddick as the winner of her Railroad Commission race, over Democrat Dale Henry and others. In the other Railroad Commission race, Republican Barry Smitherman also cruising, with no major party opposition.
In HD-43, incumbent JM Lozano ahead of Democratic challenger, former lawmaker Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles after early voting results from San Patricio county.
With early voting results from El Paso County reported, Canseco still has a tight lead on Gallego for CD-23. But Gallego took 77 percent of the early vote in El Paso, a strong sign this race is still too close to call.
We've called a handful of state Senate races. In SD-9, Republican Kelly Hancock beats Democrat Pete Martinez.
Current state Rep. Larry Taylor has been called to win SD-11 over Jacqueline Acquistapace.
We have called SD-25 for Republican Donna Campbell, an emergency room physician. In a press release, she said, "This election shows that the voters of the district want a senator who isn't a politician, but an everyday citizen who shares their values. I will work hard to make sure that families and small businesses have a strong conservative voice in Austin."
In SBOE-1 Democrat Martha Dominguez now ahead of incumbent Republican Charlie Garza, 57 to 43 percent.
Two incumbent Democrats winners: We've called SD-15 for incumbent Democrat Sen. John Whitmire over Republican challenger Bill Walker.
In SD-21, we're calling it for Sen. Judith Zaffirini over Republican Grant Rostig.
We are calling a few more Texas House races: Republican John Raney takes HD-14, Republican Tim Kleinschmidt takes HD-17, Democrat Ron Reynolds wins in HD-27, Republican Ed Thompson wins in HD-29, Republican Geannie Morrison wins in HD-30 and Democrat Ryan Guillen takes HD-31.
Polls in Galveston close in 10 minutes, so we'll have some more early voting totals shortly.
We're calling HD-8 for incumbent Republican Byron Cook over Democratic challenger Charles Morgan.
In HD-43, incumbent JM Lozano's lead over Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles grows after Kleberg County results filter in: 9,900 to 6,070
We've now called a bunch of the SBOE races: Democrat Marisa Perez in 3's open seat; incumbent Democrat Laurence Allen Jr. in 4; incumbent Republican Ken Mercer in 5; Republican (and former Dan Patrick staffer) Donna Bahorich in 6's open seat; incumbent Republican David Bradley in 7; incumbent Republican Barbara Cargill in 8; incumbent Republican Thomas Ratliff in 9; incumbent Republican Pat Hardy in 10; Tincy Miller in 11's open seat; incumbent Democrat Mavis Knight in 12; Republican Sue Melton, who defeated former chair Gail Lowe in the primary, in 13; and Marty Rowley in 14's open seat.
In HD-43, incumbent JM Lozano says in a text to the Tribune: Lozano 15,478 Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles 11,848.
A little more than 30 percent of the votes are in for CD-23 and Gallego is still ahead of Canseco. Currently, Gallego has a 3,080 vote lead.
With 22 percent of precincts counted in SD-10, Wendy Davis is just 400 votes ahead of Mark Shelton.
Early voting totals are finally coming out for Galveston County. In CD-14, Republican Randy Weber leads Democrat Nick Lampson 59.9 percent to 38.5 percent. In SD-23 the party switches, with Republican Wayne Faircloth trailing Democrat Craig Eiland 36.7 percent to 63.4 percent. No non-early voting totals have been reported yet, but remember that Galveston County's polls stayed open an extra two hours tonight due to computer issues early in the day. All votes cast after 7 p.m. are consider provisional (and will not be counted tonight), so it waits to be seen how that may alter these races.
We’re calling CD-16 for Beto Orourke, former city council member who upset veteran lawmaker Silvestre Reyes in close primary election.
And Canseco takes the lead back from Gallego in CD-23 with more precincts from Bexar County, his home turf, reporting.
With 65 percent of precincts counted, Wendy Davis now has a 5,000 vote lead over Mark Shelton in SD-10. That's a big jump over the last reported totals.
We're calling HD-134 in Houston for incumbent Republican Rep. Sarah Davis. Ann Johnson, her Democratic opponent, has called to concede, the Davis campaign says.
We’re calling SD-20 for Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, SD-29 for Jose Rodriguez in El Paso, and SD-19 for Carlos Uresti.
As votes from Dallas County start rolling in, Republicans Villalba and Sheets maintain a slight lead in two competitive districts, HD-114 and HD-107.
We are calling the race in HD-117. Democratic challenger Philip Cortez has defeated incumbent Republican John Garza.
We are calling the Court of Criminal Appeals Place 1 race for Republican incumbent Judge Sharon Keller over Democratic candidate Keith Hampton.
We have called the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul for fellow Republican Randy Weber, who defeats Democrat Nick Lampson.
We are pulling the plug on the last of the #SBOE races. No suprises here: Incumbent Republican Garza has lost to Democrat Dominguez in El Paso. Democrat Ruben Cortez Jr. has won the open seat left by Democrat Mary Helen Berlanga. Republican Tom Maynard has won the seat left open by Republican Marsha Farney.
Gallego has pulled of ahead of Canseco by 4,000 votes in CD-23 race with only a quarter of precincts left to count.
We're calling CD-23 for Pete Gallego over Francisco "Quico" Canseco. After an up and down race, Gallego now has 49.8 percent of the vote.
Wendy Davis, flanked by her father, Jerry Russell at left and her two daughters, at right, applauds her supporters during her victory speech at the Fort Worth Hilton on November 6, 2012. Photo by Robert Hart.
Tea Party favorite Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz with daughter Caroline announcing his victory at a watch party in Houston, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012. Photo by Michael Stravato.
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