Tribpedia: 2010 General Election

November 2, 2010 marked the general election, known as a "midterm," since it was a non-presidential year. Voters in Texas chose a governor and a host of statewide candidates, as well as candidates for Congress, the Legislature, State Board of Education and the courts.

The governor's race was a multi-million dollar affair, in which the 30-day out campaign finance reports showed both Gov. Rick Perry and Democrat Bill White spent around $20 million in television and radio advertising. Republican Perry served 10 years by 2010, longer than any governor in Texas history.

In congressional races, two House Democrats were on the ropes. The most endangered was 10-term Rep. Chet Edwards, who faced a challenge from Bryan businessman Bill Flores.

In the Texas House, Democrats played defense, trying to hang on to gains they made in recent years against 2010's Republican wave.

Nationally, both houses of Congress appeared to be up for grabs. All 435 members of the U.S. House were up for re-election. Republicans had to pick up 40 seats to wrest control from the Democrats. Republicans needed to pick up 10 seats in the 100-member Senate to gain control there.


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Paper-ballot boxes flood Reliant Center, where Harris County officials convened to count thousands of paper ballots. Greg Abbott speaks at the state Republican 2010 watch party at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch on election night. Bill White addresses supporters in Houston after losing to Gov. Rick Perry Democrat Bill White, conceding the Texas governor's race in Nov. 2010. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus addressing Republicans on Nov. 2, 2010. 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 The press risers set up for Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans' on election night, November 2, 2010. Perry and White in the home stretch of the 2010 election. A voter casts a ballot in Travis County on November 2, 2010. Voting signs in Austin during the 2010 election cycle. Voting signs in Austin during the 2010 election cycle. 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Governor Rick Perry spokesman,  Mark Miner, has come to the Texas Democratic Convention in Corpus Christi to campaign against Gubernatorial candidate Bill White. Austin, TX. June 15, 2010. Perry spokesman Mark Miner flanked by Bill White supporters. Kay Bailey Hutchison endorsing Rick Perry for governor at a Texas Federation of Republican Women breakfast. The 2010 Runoff Elections CD-17 Republican candidates Rob Curnock of Waco and Bill Flores of Bryan Dan Huberty and Susan Curling Marsha Farney and Brian Russell Rick Perry, Bill White Gov. Rick Perry after his primary victory on March 2, 2010. Bill White speaking at the 2010 primary election reception. Bill White speaking at the 2010 primary election reception, with his family. 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University Democrats tabling for Bill White Call center for Bill White Clockwise from top left: Charles Schwertner, Patsy Williams, Milton Rister and Stephen Thomas. Nothing wrong with this poster, except the date: Election Day is March 2 Larry Gonzalez (left), John Gordon February 21, 2010. Debra Medina, flanked by supporters at an event at Texas Pride BBQ in Adkins, TX. Rep. Tommy Merrit (left) and his Republican primary challenger David Simpson (right) unexpectedly run into each other as both court Longview's Chick-Fil-A breakfast club. One side of the mailer going to Republican voters in Plano, from Texas House candidate Mabrie Jackson State Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, campaigning in February 2010. Houston, TX, February 2010. The blogger, sandwiched between Edwards and Miles signs. Austin, TX, February 11, 2010. Republican candidates for Texas HD-47 at a candidate forum. Our focus group of undecided GOP voters during the last Republican primary debate. State Rep. 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