2012 Texas House Race for District 21 - Candidates, Debates and Primary Results

This page displays the information for the Texas house race in district 21. This includes candidates, dates, and political views. The tables below show the candidates for the general election with an option to compare those candidates after the primary. This is followed by the primary candidates and the number of political views we have for each representative. Selecting one of these representatives takes you to the profile for this candidate and a full list of their political positions, speeches, and controversies.

2012 Texas House Race for District 21 - General Election Candidates

General Election Candidates and Results
Texas house election - class or district 21
PercVotesPartyCandidate
60.6%186525RLamar Smith
35.4%108852DCandace Duval
4.1%12469LJohn-Hnery Liberty
Election Information for Texas
Primary DateMay 29, 2012
Runoff DateJuly 31, 2012
General DateNovember 06, 2012
IncumbentLamar Smith
Incumbent StatusSeeking Re-election
Election ProjectionSolid Republican
Presidential Election2012 Election

2012 Texas House Race for District 21

Democrats - Primary Election
Democrat house Primary Election in Texas - class or district 21
PercVotesCandidateViews
61%9518Candace Duval6
39%6068Daniel Boone4
Republicans - Primary Election
Republican house Primary Election in Texas - class or district 21
PercVotesCandidateViews
77%52383Lamar Smith36
15%10104Richard Mack11
9%5866Richard Morgan6

Description of Election

The Situation

The 21st district did not move much in the 2010 redistricting. Congressman Lamar Smith has held that office since 1989 and has won with wide margins since that time. However, in 2012 Congressman Smith is facing a strong primary challenge in Sheriff Richard Mack.

The Republican Candidates

Congressman Smith : With strong name recognition and a strong Republican record, Congressman Smith is firmly entrenched in his position. He has taken critcism for his support of SOPA, CISPA, and the 2012 NDAA, but has been solid on most other issues.

Sheriff Richard Mack : Richard Mack is a former Sheriff from Arizona who has been active in politics for a number of years. His primary involvement has been in pursuing legal actions against the over-reach of the federal government into matters not authorized by the constitution and in violation of state's rights. He is best known for suing the Clinton administration in response to the Brady Bill and for his involvement in the Oath Keepers. He is also very vocal in adhering to the constitution and opposing the NDAA, SOPA, and other similar pieces of legislation.

Richard Morgan : Software Engineer Richard Morgan has put forth a strong conservative platform based on civil liberty. However, he has not gained much traction in the election.

Important Dates

DateImportant Item
April 27, 2012Last day to register to vote in the May 29, 2012 primary election for House, Senate, and President.
May 14, 2012First day of early voting in May 29, 2012 election.
May 22, 2012Last day of early voting in the May 29, 2012 primary.
May 29, 2012Primary election date for the House and Senate.
July 31, 2012Primary Runoff Election Date
October 09, 2012Last day to register to vote in the general election.
October 22, 2012First day of early voting in the general election.
October 30, 2012Last day to apply for a ballot by mail. Letter must be received by this date and not just postmarked.
November 02, 2012Last day of early voting in the general election.
November 06, 2012General election date - House, Senate, and President on the ballot.

House District 21 in Texas

House District 21 in Texas

Past Election Results

Election Results for House district 21 in Texas in 2012
Past Election Results - Texas District 21
Lainey Melnick
28%
2010
69%
Lamar Smith
Lainey Melnick
22%
2008
80%
Lamar Smith
Gene Kelly
9%
2006
60%
Lamar Smith
Rhett R. Smith
36%
2004
61%
Lamar S. Smith
John Courage
25%
2002
73%
Lamar S. Smith
Jim Green
22%
2000
76%
Lamar S. Smith
Jim Green
41%
1998
91%
Lamar S. Smith
Gordon H. Wharton
22%
1996
76%
Lamar S. Smith
Gordon H. Wharton
33%
1994
90%
Lamar S. Smith
James M. Gaddy
24%
1992
72%
Lamar S. Smith