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The Texas judicial elections of 2012 consisted of a primary election on May 29, a primary runoff on July 31 and the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Texas judicial elections summary, 2012

  Supreme Appellate Trial
Total candidates 17 77 263
Unopposed candidates 0 5 136
Judges re-elected 5 36 158
Judges not re-elected 1 6 12
New judges elected 1 11 32
Partisan or Nonpartisan   Partisan  
Democratic winners 0 10 68
Republican winners 6 37 123

Supreme Court

There were three seats on the Texas Supreme Court up for election in 2012 - Places 2, 4, and 6.

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
MedinaDavid Medina    YesRepublicanPlace 446.7% 
WillettDon Willett   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 257.7%ApprovedA78.8%   ApprovedA
ChisholmJim Chisholm    NoGreen1.3%   DefeatedD
DevineJohn Devine (Texas)   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 453.3%ApprovedA75.1%   ApprovedA
AshMark Ash    NoLibertarian3.0%   DefeatedD
PettyMichele Petty    NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA41.9%   DefeatedD
HechtNathan Hecht   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 1100%ApprovedA53.7%   ApprovedA
KoelschRobert Stuart Koelsch    NoLibertarianPlace 221.2%   DefeatedD
SmithSteven W. Smith    No42.2% 
OxfordTom Oxford    NoLibertarian16.9%   DefeatedD

Court of Criminal Appeals

There are three seats on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals up for election in 2012 - Presiding Judge, Place 7 and Place 8.

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
HerveyBarbara Hervey   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 7100%ApprovedA77.9%   ApprovedA
AlcalaElsa Alcala   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 8100%ApprovedA78.1%   ApprovedA
HamptonKeith Hampton    NoDemocraticPresiding Judge100%ApprovedA41.2%   DefeatedD
StottLance Stott    NoLibertarianPresiding Judge3.3%   DefeatedD
BennettMark Bennett (Texas)    NoLibertarian22.1%   DefeatedD
KellerSharon Keller   ApprovedAYesRepublican100%ApprovedA55.5%   ApprovedA
StrangeWilliam Bryan Strange    NoLibertarian21.9%   DefeatedD

Court of Appeals

First District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
SilvermanChuck Silverman    NoDemocraticPlace 6100%ApprovedA46.6%   DefeatedD
BrownHarvey Brown   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 6100%ApprovedA53.4%   ApprovedA
BlandJane Bland   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 2100%ApprovedA53.3%   ApprovedA
ChengKathy Cheng    NoDemocraticPlace 9100%ApprovedA46.6%   DefeatedD
MassengaleMichael Massengale   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 8100%ApprovedA53.8%   ApprovedA
OakesNatalia Cokinos Oakes    NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA46.5%   DefeatedD
CopelandNile Copeland    NoDemocraticPlace 8100%ApprovedA46.2%   DefeatedD
HuddleRebecca Huddle   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 9100%ApprovedA53.4%   ApprovedA
JenningsTerry Jennings   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 7100%ApprovedA53.6%   ApprovedA

Second District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
McCoyBob McCoy    RepublicanPlace 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   
DauphinotLee Ann Dauphinot   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 6100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
WalkerSue Walker   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 5100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
LivingstonTerrie Livingston   ApprovedAYesRepublican100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

Third District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
CaseBryan Case    NoDemocraticPlace 6100%ApprovedA46.2%   DefeatedD
PuryearDavid Puryear   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 5100%ApprovedA52%   ApprovedA
HensonDiane Henson    YesDemocratic100%ApprovedA48.3%   DefeatedD
HathcockJ. Andrew Hathcock    NoDemocraticPlace 2100%ApprovedA46.5%   DefeatedD
RoseJeff L. Rose   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 2100%ApprovedA53.5%   ApprovedA
WatkinsKaren L. Watkins    NoDemocraticPlace 5100%ApprovedA48%   DefeatedD
PembertonRobert Pemberton   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 6100%ApprovedA53.8%   ApprovedA
FieldScott Field   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 366.4%ApprovedA51.7%   ApprovedA

Fourth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
GarzaBaldemar Garza    NoDemocraticPlace 2100%ApprovedA49.1%   DefeatedD
TowlerDavid D. Towler    NoDemocraticPlace 5100%ApprovedA47.9%   DefeatedD
AngeliniKaren Angelini   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 5100%ApprovedA52.1%   ApprovedA
ChapaLuz Elena Chapa   ApprovedANoDemocraticPlace 4100%ApprovedA51.5%   ApprovedA
BarnardMarialyn Barnard   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 2100%ApprovedA50.9%   ApprovedA
AlvarezPatricia Alvarez   ApprovedANoDemocraticPlace 3100%ApprovedA51%   ApprovedA
SpeedlinPhylis Speedlin    YesRepublicanPlace 7100%ApprovedA48.1%   DefeatedD
MartinezRebeca Martinez   ApprovedANoDemocraticPlace 761.1%ApprovedA51.9%   ApprovedA
SimmonsRebecca Simmons    YesRepublicanPlace 3100%ApprovedA49%   DefeatedD
HilbigSteve Hilbig    YesRepublican100%ApprovedA48.5%   DefeatedD

Fifth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
WhitehillBill Whitehill    NoRepublican48.61% 
WrightCarolyn Wright   ApprovedAYesRepublicanChief Justice100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
WoodDan Wood    NoDemocraticPlace 247.3%   DefeatedD
EvansDavid Evans (Court of Appeals)   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 251.4%ApprovedA52.7%   ApprovedA
HanschenDavid Hanschen    NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA47.4%   DefeatedD
LewisDavid Lewis (Texas)   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 953%ApprovedA52.6%   ApprovedA
LangDouglas Lang   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 11100%ApprovedA52.3%   ApprovedA
Lang-MiersElizabeth Lang-Miers   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 13100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
MoseleyJames Moseley   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 5100%ApprovedA52.6%   ApprovedA
PraegerLawrence Praeger    NoDemocraticPlace 12100%ApprovedA46.9%   DefeatedD
RichterMartin Richter    YesRepublicanPlace 946.98% 
FrancisMolly Francis   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 10100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
PhillipsPenny R. Phillips    NoDemocraticPlace 5100%ApprovedA47.4%   DefeatedD
FillmoreRobert Fillmore   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 12100%ApprovedA53.1%   ApprovedA
HoltTonya J. Holt    NoDemocraticPlace 11100%ApprovedA47.7%   DefeatedD

Sixth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
MoseleyBailey Moseley   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 262.9%ApprovedA72%   ApprovedA
SupercinskiFrank L. Supercinski    NoDemocraticPlace 2100%ApprovedA28%   DefeatedD

Seventh District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
HancockMackey Hancock   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 2100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
PirtlePatrick Pirtle   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 3100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

Eighth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
McClureAnn McClure   ApprovedAYesDemocratic57.2%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
AntcliffChristopher Antcliff    YesRepublicanPlace 2100%ApprovedA37.7%   DefeatedD
RiveraGuadalupe Rivera (Texas)   ApprovedAYesDemocraticPlace 3100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
LizarragaMarcos Lizarraga    NoDemocratic43.1% 
RodriguezYvonne Rodriguez   ApprovedANoDemocraticPlace 256.9%ApprovedA62.3%   ApprovedA

Ninth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
GaultneyDavid Gaultney   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 3100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
HortonHollis Horton   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 4100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

Tenth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
GrayThomas Gray   ApprovedAYesRepublicanChief Judge53%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

Eleventh District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
WrightJim Wright   ApprovedAYesRepublicanChief Justice100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
WillsonMike Willson   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 266.9%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

Twelfth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
GriffithSam Griffith   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 3100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

Thirteenth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
ConditBradford M. Condit    NoRepublican67.09%ApprovedA42%   DefeatedD
NormanDoug Norman    NoRepublican100%ApprovedA42.5%   DefeatedD
BenavidesGina Benavides   ApprovedAYesDemocraticPlace 5100%ApprovedA57.5%   ApprovedA
RodriguezNelda Rodriguez   ApprovedAYesDemocraticPlace 4100%ApprovedA58%   ApprovedA
LongoriaNora Longoria   ApprovedANoDemocraticPlace 2100%ApprovedA59.5%   ApprovedA
ValdezRogelio Valdez   ApprovedAYesDemocraticChief Justice100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
GreenwellTom Greenwell    NoRepublicanPlace 2100%ApprovedA40.5%   DefeatedD

Fourteenth District Court of Appeals

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
GardnerBarbara Gardner    NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA47.7%   DefeatedD
BusbyBrett Busby   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 3100%ApprovedA52.3%   ApprovedA
BrownJeff Brown (Texas)   ApprovedAYesRepublican100%ApprovedA54.2%   ApprovedA
WrotenberyJim Wrotenbery    NoDemocraticPlace 4100%ApprovedA45.8%   DefeatedD
DonovanJohn Donovan   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 8100%ApprovedA52.7%   ApprovedA
MaldonadoJulia Maldonado    NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA47.3%   DefeatedD
JamisonMartha Hill Jamison   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 5100%ApprovedA54%   ApprovedA
GarthTanner Garth    NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA46%   DefeatedD
BoyceWilliam Boyce   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 6100%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

District Courts

For information on the Texas District Courts, visit: Texas judicial elections, 2012 - District Courts.

In the News

Texas judicial elections summary, 2012

  Supreme Appellate Trial
Total candidates 17 77 263
Unopposed candidates 0 5 136
Judges re-elected 5 36 158
Judges not re-elected 1 6 12
New judges elected 1 11 32
Partisan or Nonpartisan   Partisan  
Democratic winners 0 10 68
Republican winners 6 37 123

Texas: The Texas "Official List of Registered Voters" reached a record number of registered voters this year. October 9, 2012 was the last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2012 general election and the list of registered voters was the highest Texas has ever had at 13,646,226. The previous record of registered voters was at 13,575,062 and that was for the November 2008 General Election.[2]

Secretary of State Hope Andrade was proud of her Texans, saying, "I want to thank all Texans who registered to vote this year and all Texans who are already registered voters. The next step is getting to the polls during Early Voting or on Election Day."[2]

Texans did just that, deciding races all across the state.

Of the 19 total candidates running for election to the Texas Supreme Court, 5 judges were re-elected. One judge, Judge David Medina, was not re-elected. He was defeated by candidate John Devine.

At the Appellate level, most judges were re-elected. There were only 6 judges that were not re-elected and 11 new judges who were elected to office.

On the District Court side of things, 136 unopposed judges were re-elected, 158 judges were re-elected and 32 new judges were elected. Of the 263 total candidates running for election, only 12 judges were not re-elected.

Many of the Texas District Court races were decided pretty handily given the vote percentage, but many races were within 2 to 1 percent of each other and many were even closer than that.

One race in particular, the Texas District 386, was so incredibly close, each candidate garnered 50% of the vote. However Laura Parker was declared the winner, as her number of votes totaled 249,191, compared to Stephen D. Smith's 244,331 votes.[3]


Other very close races of mention included:

Texas District 125 and Texas District 333, where the deciding difference for candidates was only .2% of the vote.

In Texas District 179 and Texas District 338, it was another close race, the deciding difference only .4% of the vote.

.6% of the votes was the deciding difference for candidates in Texas District 127 and Texas District 334.

The race for Harris County Civil Court-at-Law, No. 1. was another nail-biter as both candidates, Debra Ibarra Mayfield and Erica Graham each garnered 50% of the votes. Mayfield had a higher number of votes at 562,225, whereas Graham only had 558,174 of the votes.[4]

Overall, it was great turnout for the elections in Texas this year. For more information on this year's judicial elections in Texas, please see: Texas judicial elections, 2012 and Texas judicial elections, 2012 - District Courts.

Texas high court races

As featured in JP Election Brief: The Supreme Court Special on October 18, 2012.

Supreme Court Incumbent Justice Don Willett, a Republican, will defend his position against Libertarian candidate Robert Stuart Koelsch as they battle for Place 2 on the Texas Supreme Court. Another Republican on the court will be challenged this year as Justice Nathan Hecht, a 24 year veteran of Place 6, faces three opponents. With Place 4 vacant, three different parties will vie for the judgeship. Republican John Devine, Libertarian Tom Oxford, and Green party candidate Charles E. Waterbury will face off on November 6th.

Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding judge Sharon Keller has served as the first woman on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals since her 1994 election, but her recent years on the bench have been shadowed by controversy. She made headlines in 2007 when she denied a death row inmate’s last minute appeal, saying that the court had closed at 5 p.m. Also, in 2010, the Texas Ethics Commission fined Keller $100,000 for a failure to disclose sources of income on personal financial statements. Democratic candidate Keith Hampton hopes to use this negative publicity to win over moderate Republican voters in Texas, but it will not be easy, seeing that the last time a Democrat won a statewide election was in 1994.[5] Lance Stott also joins the race on the Libertarian ticket, making it a three way race.

For Places 7 and 8, the two incumbent republicans Barbara Hervey and Elsa Alcala will be challenged by Libertarians Mark Bennett and William Strange.

Candidate's views

The Republican party represents big business, the Democratic party big government. Both big business and big government are a threat to our liberty and our livelihood. I will represent the individual citizen.[6]
-Tom Oxford[7]
Judge Alcala is the incumbent on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas’ highest criminal court. She has fourteen years judicial experience and is specialized in criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. These qualifications are essential for this court with final state jurisdiction over criminal appeals and writs of habeas corpus.[8]
-Elsa Alcala[7]
This race is important to preserve experience and leadership on the Supreme Court of Texas. For 23 years, I have followed the law fairly and consistently and helped develop rules of practice and administration to reduce the expense and delay of going to court. I have also worked to obtain critical funding for legal services, trying to assure that Texas’ poorest citizens have access to the justice system. If elected, I will continue to work for more efficient courts and better access to justice.[9]
-Nathan Hecht[7]

Judicial campaigns target TV, spending 4.6 million and counting

As featured in JP Election Brief: Money and controversies on September 27, 2012.

Candidate spending is on the rise in Alabama, Illinois, Texas, West Virginia, Arkansas, Montana and Oregon. According to data compiled by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, candidates from the seven states spent a combined total of $4,673,370 on primary television ads.[10] That figure is more than quadruple the estimated amount spent on television ads during the 2010 primaries. This year's primary spending also surpassed 2004's record of $3.8 million, which included nine states.[11][12]

The two organizations who compiled the data are trying to show the effects of special interest groups on judicial elections.

Money and special interests continue to transform judicial elections around the country.[11] - Alicia Bannon[13][7]

The candidates

The following is a selection of the highest-spending candidates.[14]




West Virginia




The Brennan Center for Justice is a "'non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice'".[12] Justice at Stake is a non-partisan nonprofit "working to keep America's courts fair and impartial."[12]

Texas primary runoff sees upset of Supreme Court justice

As featured in JP Election Brief: Results from Texas and Georgia (and more!) on August 2, 2012.

The primary runoff elections in Texas played host to many judicial races, but the most high profile were the Court of Appeals races for the Fifth District Court of Appeals, place 2; the Eighth District Court of Appeals, place 2; and the Supreme Court, place 4 race.

In the Fifth District Court of Appeals, place 2, Bill Whitehill was defeated by David Evans. The totals were close, with Evans receiving 51.4% of the vote to Whitehill's 48.6%. Evans will now run unopposed in the general election, virtually ensuring his win.


In the Eighth District Court of Appeals, place 2 race, Yvonne Rodriguez defeated Marcos Lizarraga by a comfortable margin: 56.9% to 43.1%. However, this was just the race for the Democratic slot on the ticket, and Rodriguez will now face Republican incumbent Christopher Antcliff in the general election.

The most surprising results came in the hotly contested race between Supreme Court Justice David Medina and challenger John Devine. Though Devine did not receive as many votes as Medina in the primary, because no one received over 50% of the vote a runoff was required. Despite high profile endorsements and benefit of incumbency, Devine defeated Medina, receiving 53.3% of the vote to Medina's 46.7%. Though Devine will face challengers in the November 6th general election, Libertarian Tom Oxford and Green Party candidate Charles E. Waterbury, he is expected to easily win election.

Pressure builds in Texas Supreme Court race before primary runoff

As featured in JP Election Brief: Ready for the next round of primaries on July 26, 2012.

The Texas primary runoff elections are to be held July 31st. The Republican race for Texas Supreme Court, Place 4 between incumbent David Medina and challenger John Devine is still going strong. The winner will secure the Republican nomination and move on to face Libertarian and Green party candidates Tom Oxford and Charles E. Waterbury.

This has been a high profile race throughout the election season, and has previously been covered in the Election Brief two times; that coverage can be read here and here. Short on time, supporters are hoping to reiterate their support for their chosen candidate, while also reminding other Republican voters of the opponent's flaws.[16][17]

David Medina arguably has an edge in endorsements with the support of the Republican Party, Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott, Right to Life, and Alliance for Life. Medina was appointed by current governor Rick Perry and presumably still has his support.[16] However even with these powerful endorsements the primary race was still close, with Medina only besting John Devine by 3.6%, and the runoff may be a close race as well.

While Medina and his supporters have focused on experience and endorsements, John Devine has focused his criticisms of Medina on ethics. Devine has often mentioned Justice Medina and his wife's indictment in a 2008 fire that caused $1 million in damages to their home.[16][17] Though these charges were subsequently dropped, Devine has continued to bring them up during the campaign.

Endorsements roll in for Texas Supreme Court race

As featured in JP Election Brief: Looking at Arizona, North Dakota and Texas on June 28, 2012.

The primary election is over, and now the candidates left standing are eyeing their potential seats. For some races, the candidates who will appear on the November ballot have not been decided upon. The race for Texas Supreme Court, Place 4, is one such race. On July 31 incumbent David Medina and challenger John Devine will face one another in a primary runoff. Their campaigns are in full swing, and two opposing endorsements have recently appeared in Texas news sources.

On June 22 a letter was published in the Amarillo Globe-News endorsing Texas Supreme Court candidate John Devine.[18] The letter is simply a constituent's endorsement of Devine, but an endorsement in a respected news outlet nonetheless.

Four days after this endorsement, an article appeared on Texas GOP Vote with the title Why We Should Re-Elect Supreme Court Justice David Medina.[19] The article starts off very similarly to the piece endorsing Devine, but arrives at the opposing option. Though this article may not be in direct answer to the Amarillo endorsement of Devine, the two are very similar, and obviously hope to win over voters in time for the July 31 primary runoff vote.

Place 2 Supreme Court race full of energy

As featured in JP Election Brief: Results from North Carolina and West Virginia (and more!) on May 10, 2012.

Texas Supreme Court places 2, 4, and 6 are up for election this year. Perhaps the most exciting race to watch is for place 2 between current justice Don Willett and former Supreme Court justice, and current District Court judge, Steve Smith.[20] Willett and Smith previously faced off in the 2006 elections, so there is a good amount of history between the two; just as in 2006 they will face each other in the Republican primary, this year to be held on May 29, 2012. The 2006 race was very close, with Willett garnering 50.5% of the vote, and Smith garnering 49.5%.[21]

Both Willett and Smith have received endorsements, yet both "also carr[y] baggage" according to the Star-Telegram, which ends their assessment of the race with an endorsement for Willett.[20] Willett is running with much more financial support than is Smith, as evidenced by the televised ads he is running and his highly polished website, but both are putting out equally forceful campaign statements. Two of Willett's campaign ads can be found here and here.[22][23]

Both Willett and Smith are striving to portray themselves as the most conservative and best qualified candidate. While Willett has been more nuanced in his criticisms of Smith, Smith's campaign website lashes out directly at Willett: "When initially appointed, Willett was criticized for having no judicial experience, having never argued an appeal, and having never tried a case. Since joining the Court, he has been criticized for substituting his own policy preferences for those of the Texas Legislature."[24]

The intensity of the rhetoric will likely increase in the two and a half week lead-up to the primary. The winner of the primary will go on to compete against Libertarian candidate Robert Stuart Koelsch in the general election on November 6, 2012. Information from the candidates' campaigns can be found at and at[23][24]

Voter ID struck down in Texas

As featured in JP Election Brief: Heading south with news from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Texas on March 15, 2012.

Following last week's injunction in Wisconsin barring the enforcement of the voter ID law, the Texas voter ID law has been struck down by the Department of Justice.[25] On Monday, the DOJ struck down the Texas law, stating that it would disproportionately affect Hispanic voters. According to reports, 11 percent of Hispanic voters would not be able to meet the identification requirements laid out by the law.[25][26][27][28][29] Texas officials are contesting the decision, and have appealed to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.[25] Elizabeth Westfall, an attorney for the DOJ, has stated that a decision will not be made in time for Texas' upcoming election. However, Texas officials are holding out hope and have stated that if a decision is made in favor of the law by August 15, it will be implemented in the November 6th general elections.[27]

Primary date scheduled

As featured in JP Election Brief: It's here! on March 1, 2012.

The date for the Texas primary is still up in the air, though a tentative date of May 29, 2012 has been set.[30] The date for the primary has been pushed back multiple times, caught up in the disagreement over the new districts adopted in Texas.[31] The primary was originally set for Super Tuesday on March 6th, however challenges to the newly drawn districts pushed the primary back to April 3rd. The challenges continued, which made the April 3rd date not possible.[30] The newest redistricting maps, released this Tuesday, have not yet been challenged. If they remain unchallenged the primary will finally take place on May 29th.[25][32]

See also

External links


  1. The American-Statesman, "Texas primaries set for May 29," March 1, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Texas Secretary of State-Update: Texas Reaches Record Number of Registered Voters on Voter Registration List for November 6 General Election
  3. Judge, 386th Judicial District
  4. Elections - November 6, 2012-Harris Co Court at Law #1 (unexp) (dead link)
  5. The Texas Weekly, "Democratic Judge Candidate Seeks Republican Votes," September 18, 2012
  6. Information submitted to Judgepedia by Oxford's campaign via email on 9/28/2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Information submitted to Judgepedia by Justice Alcala's campaign via email on 9/29/2012
  9. Information submitted to Judgepedia by Justice Hecht's campaign via email on 9/27/2012
  10. This total does not include spending for the general election or other campaign spending.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Legal Newsline, "Report: Judicial candidates spent more than $4.6M in primary TV ads," September 14, 2012 (timed out)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The West Virginia Record, "Report: W.Va. judicial candidates spent nearly $600,000 in primary TV ads," September 18, 2012
  13. A counsel in the Brennan Center's Democracy Program
  14. The list is not exhaustive, it only includes the highest-spending candidates.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 Justice at Stake, "Campaign Money Patterns Entering New Phase in 2012 Judicial Races," September 13, 2012
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Texas GOP Vote, "Deadly Gossip Driving Supreme Court Race, Place #4," July 17, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 The New York Times, "High-Court Judge Faces a Tough Runoff," July 12, 2012
  18. Amarillo Globe-News, "Letter: Devine stands for change," June 22, 2012
  19. Texas GOP Vote, "Why We Should Re-Elect Supreme Court Justice David Medina," June 26, 2012
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Star-Telegram, "Texas Supreme Court incumbents have edge in GOP primary," April 27, 2012 (dead link)
  21. Office of the Secretary of State, "2006 Republican Primary Election"
  22. The Washington Post, "Campaign Ad 2012: Sponsored By Willett, Don," May 9, 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 Don Willett campaign website, accessed May 9, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 Smith for Supreme Court, "Homepage," accessed May 9, 2012
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 ABC News, "Voter ID Laws Struck Down in Texas, Wisconsin," March 12, 2012
  26. Fox Chicago News, "Obama Administration Blocks Texas Voter-Identification Law," March 12, 2012
  27. 27.0 27.1 Bloomberg, "Texas Voter ID Ruling Expected Before Election, Judges Say," March 14, 2012
  28. The Associated Press, "Justice Dept opposes a 2nd voter ID law, in Texas," March 13, 2012
  29. The Tucson Sentinel, "Feds reject Texas voter ID law," March 12, 2012
  30. 30.0 30.1 The New York Times, "New Delay Is Possible for Primary in Texas," February 16, 2012
  31. The Denver Post, "Redistricting stalemate may stall Texas primaries," January 31, 2012
  32. KYTX 19, "Texas Presidential primary could be May 29," February 29, 2012
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