Texas Primary Election

| February 07, 2020 | |

The political and policy landscape of Texas and the United States will be determined by Texans voting in the upcoming March 3 primary elections. Texas is one of 14 states holding primary elections on this day, dubbed “Super Tuesday.” Texans will vote in either the Republican or Democrat primary for candidate for U.S. president, U.S. Senate, congressional and legislative offices, the State Board of Education, the Railroad Commission and judicial seats.

Upcoming Texas election dates:

  • Feb. 17-28 – Early voting for the March 3 primaries
  • March 3 – Primary election day
  • Nov. 3 – General election day

Learn more about the Texas primary election, including who’s on the ballots and where and how to vote.

Read our brief breakdown of what’s on the Texas ballots for the Texas Legislature and Congress. (link to inside)


Texas Senate: Currently 19 Republicans and 12 Democrats

Of the 31 members of the Texas Senate, 16 seats are on the ballot (8 Rs, 8 Ds) in 2020. Two incumbent senators – Borris Miles (R-Houston) (SD 13) and Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville) (SD 27) – have primary opponents. Ten incumbents (7 Rs and 3 Ds) have general election opponents. There is one open seat in the Texas Senate, SD 29, which is being vacated by Democrat José Rodriguez of El Paso.

Texas House: Currently 83 Republicans and 67 Democrats

All 150 seats are on the ballot, including 10 open seats being vacated by seven Republicans and three Democrats. Of the incumbents, 30 have primary election opponents (14 Rs and 16 Ds), and 60 incumbents have only general election opponents (40 Rs and 20 Ds). Is there is a chance that Democrats could win a majority in the Texas House?

Once elected, the Texas House will be selecting a new speaker with planned retirement of current Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

U.S. Congress (Texas delegation) – Currently 23 Republicans and 13 Democrats

All 36 seats in the Texas delegation are on the ballot. Six incumbents, all Republicans, are retiring. Another 18 incumbents have primary opponents (8 Rs and 10 Ds), and 30 incumbents have general election opponents (18 Rs and 12 Ds).

U.S. Senate (Texas)

One of Texas’ two U.S. senators, Republican John Cornyn, is seeking reelection. He faces a crowded Republican primary field of four challengers; on the Democratic side, 12 candidates are vying for a spot on the general election ballot.

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