2012 Texas Senate Race - Candidates, Debates and Primary Results

This page displays the information for the Texas senate race. 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 Senate Race - General Election Candidates

General Election Candidates and Results
Texas senate election - class or district 1
56.6%4456599RTed Cruz
40.5%3183314DPaul Sadler
2.1%161462LJohn Jay Myers
0.9%67791GDavid Collins
Election Information for Texas
Primary DateMay 29, 2012
Runoff DateJuly 31, 2012
General DateNovember 06, 2012
IncumbentKay Bailey Hutchison
Incumbent StatusNot Seeking Re-election
Election ProjectionSolid Republican
Presidential Election2012 Election

2012 Texas Senate Race - Primary Election Candidates

Democrats - Runoff Election
Democrat senate Primary Election in Texas - class or district 1
63%148712Paul Sadler4
37%86966Grady Yarbrough0
Republicans - Runoff Election
Republican senate Primary Election in Texas - class or district 1
57%628336Ted Cruz18
43%477888David Dewhurst14
Democrats - Primary Election
Democrat senate Primary Election in Texas - class or district 1
35%173352Paul Sadler4
26%127460Grady Yarbrough0
23%113161Addie Allen0
16%79604Sean Hubbard0
Republicans - Primary Election
Republican senate Primary Election in Texas - class or district 1
45%621850David Dewhurst14
34%477428Ted Cruz18
13%185934Tom Leppert20
4%50081Craig James31
2%22808Glenn Addison12
1%17940Lela Pittenger10
1%7175Ben Gambini0
0%6623Curt Cleaver9
0%4544Joe Agris0

Description of Election

The Runoff

Former Texas SG Ted Cruz was able to force a runoff with Lt Gov David Dewhurst despite the Republican party throwing its support behind Dewhurst. Since the primary, the race between Dewhurst and Cruz has gotten especially nasty. Each side has accused the other of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens.

On the Democratic side, Grady Yarbrough was able to force a runoff with Paul Sadler despite doing only door to door campaigning. We have no information on Yarbrough and very little on Sadler.

The Primary

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison announced that she would be retiring to run for Governor of Texas in 2010. However, early in that election process, she decided to remain in office until the 2012 election. This situation has created an elongated election campaign with some candidates running since late 2010.

Despite there being no incumbent in the race, there is no serious opposition from the Democrats. A few high profile candidates have begun campaigns on the Democratic side only to suspend those campaigns when they failed to gain traction. The Texas Senate race is therefore marked as strongly Republican and the primary campaign for the Republican side will likely determine the next Senator from Texas.

The Candidates

There are nine candidates seeking the Republican nomination that have put forth serious effort in campaign. This includes participating in candidate forums, creating web sites, and putting forth campaign platforms. These candidates provide a wide range of choices ranging from career politicains to newcomers in politics.

David Dewhurst: Former Texas Lieutenant Governor and Texas Land Commissioner David Dewhurst was the initial leader in the Texas Senate race, with a large lead due to name recognition. However, his involvement in several state issues including his opposition to Texas attempts to remove the TSA from Texas airports has led to the race becoming more competitive. He has also been criticized because he did not participate in the candidate forums or debates.

Ted Cruz: Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz entered the race late, but has been making up ground due to support from a number of conservative blogs such as RedState. He has been targeted by the Dewhurst campaign for some legal work done for a Chinese tire company, but has been willing to answer questions on both this situation and his overall views.

Tom Leppert: Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert has come out with a formal plan listing points of views on numerous issues. He has also participated in numerous forums. Despite strong showings in those forums, he has not gained much traction.

Craig James: Former SMU and NFL football player and current sports analyst Craig James also joined the race relatively late, but has benefitted from name recognition. He was inititally attacked for being a political novice in early forums, but has been impressive in his willingnes to be forthcoming with his opinions and in his knowledge of current political issues. Despite this, it doesn't seem that he has been able to overcome the later entry.

Glenn Addison: Glenn Addison represents a true independent businessman as the owner of cemetary and crematorium businesses. He has shown conservative positions in the forums and has performed well. However, the lack of name recognition has hurt his prospects.

Lela Pittinger: One of earliest candidates in the race, Lela Pittenger started campaigning when Senator Hutchison announced her retirement and continued in the race when the Senator suspended that retirement until 2012. Mrs Pittenger has had difficulty separating from the rest of the conservative pack, partly due to the press given to other candidates as they enter the race later.

The Debates

There have been a large number of candidate forums going back almost a year. Most of these forums are held by local agencies and video is not available. Some of these are available and are included below and in the candidate profiles. Where posssible, the answers to these questions are included in the positions for the respective candidates.


October 02, 2012D, RThe Belo DebateTed Cruz, Paul Sadler
July 17, 2012RBELO DebateTed Cruz, David Dewhurst
June 22, 2012RKERA TV DebateTed Cruz, David Dewhurst
May 16, 2012RLakeview Church DebateTed Cruz, Tom Leppert, Craig James, Glenn Addison, Lela Pittenger (Dewhurst's campaign manager, Jim Bognet filled in for Dewhurst)
October 05, 2011RWedgewood Church DebateTed Cruz, Lela Pittenger, Andrew Castanuela, Dan Patrick, Tom Leppert, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Glenn Addison, Curt Cleaver
August 20, 2011REmpower Texans ForumTed Cruz, Lela Pittenger, Andrew Castanuela, Dan Patrick, Tom Leppert, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Glenn Addison
July 30, 2011RNew Revolution Now DebateTed Cruz, Lela Pittenger, Tom Leppert, Glenn Addison

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.

Past Election Results

Election Results for Senate seat class 1 in Texas in 2012
Past Election Results - US Senate Seat Class 1 - Texas
Barbara Ann Radnofsk
Kay Bailey Hutchinso
Gene Kelly
Kay Bailey Hutchinso
Richard Fisher
Kay Bailey Hutchinso
Lloyd Bentsen
Beau Boulter
Lloyd Bentsen
Jim Collins