Tribpedia: 2012 Legislative Election

General and primary election turnout in Texas since 1970 as a percentage of the voting age population
General and primary election turnout in Texas since 1970 as a percentage of the voting age population

Elections Behind and Ahead

The story through the primaries and runoffs? It's over for most of the races — only a few remain competitive. Turnover, as you would expect in the election after a redistricting, is high.

Texas Weekly Newsreel: Races to Watch

With the primaries and the runoffs out of the way, it's time to look ahead to the general election. There will be a full ballot in November, of course, but only a relative handful of races remain competive in a state where redistricting made most congressional and legislative districts uncompetitive in the general election.

Texas Runoff Day Arrives

Today, at long last, the state's voters will settle the remaining 37 races in the Republican and Democratic primaries, choosing the nominees who will be on the ballot in November's general election. 

Runoff Rundown

In years when both parties had statewide primary runoffs, turnout in the second round of voting averaged almost half of turnout in the first round. On average, the runoff got a vote for every two in the primary. In elections with a statewide runoff, the average Republican runoff turnout was 27.3 percent of the party's average primary turnout. For Democrats, the corresponding number was 34.9 percent.