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General Election Results: Education impact beyond Texas’ borders

Changes in Congress

The Republican gains seen in Texas after this Tuesday’s general election were not exclusive; the party also gained substantial ground in the U.S. Congress, and the changes are likely to have an impact on education policy, at least in part.

Prior to Nov. 4, Republicans controlled the U.S. House of Representatives while Democrats made up the majority of members in the U.S. Senate. The seats picked up by Republicans in this election were enough for the party to gain control of both chambers of Congress. While this change is likely to spur more movement of education legislation in the House and Senate, the process still faces a Democratic president with the power of veto.

The change in the U.S. Senate majority party will mean a new chairman driving the legislation and policy decisions impacting education. Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee and the current ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), is likely to be named chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over federal public education policy.

Based on previous education initiatives championed by Republican leaders in both chambers, we have a good idea of the legislation we can expect from the new Congress after January: a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is more commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB); measures aimed at creating school choice; and a change in funding for federal education programs and initiatives.

In a letter jointly authored by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the likely next majority leader of the U.S. Senate, the party’s top leaders committed to addressing the current education system, which they referred to as “under-performing.”

Education Measures on States’ Ballots

Although there were no statewide education initiatives on the ballot here in Texas, voters in several other states were given a chance to determine the fate of various education measures on Election Day. The issues included class size restrictions, vouchers, preschool education and school funding.

Colorado: Voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have expanded gaming to include casino gambling at horse race tracks with a percentage of the proceeds made through gambling-related taxes to be directed for K-12 education.

Hawaii: Voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the state to spend public money on private preschool programs.

Illinois: Voters approved a referendum question on a 3 percent tax increase for incomes that exceed $1 million, which would be used to help fund education. (Referendum questions do not change laws but give legislators and other state leaders an idea of how voters feel on certain issues.)

Missouri: Voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have made major changes to the state’s teacher evaluation system and teacher contracts. The plan would have created a teacher evaluation system based on student performance data, prohibited teachers from collectively bargaining around the new evaluation system, limited teachers’ contracts to no more than three years, and determined teachers’ employment based on the new evaluation system.

Nevada: Voters rejected a statutory amendment that would have increased funding to education through a 2 percent tax increase on businesses with revenue exceeding $1 million.

New York: Voters approved a proposition allowing the state to borrow up to $2 billion in bonds for certain public and non-public school initiatives: increased technology, better access to high-speed Internet, improved facilities for pre-kindergarten programs, and high-tech security features.

North Dakota: Voters rejected a measure that would have required the K-12 school year to start after Labor Day.

Seattle: Voters approved a proposition to create a preschool program that will eventually cover the cost of preschool for up to 2,000 three- and four-year-old children of low-income earners. The funding will come from a four-year tax increase totaling $58 million. Voters were given the option to choose one of two proposals or reject both options. The competing proposal would have raised the minimum wage for childcare workers to $15 per hour and created a childcare worker training program.

Washington: Votes are still being counted on an initiative that would direct the legislature to increase funding for the hiring of additional teachers, administrators, and support staff in order to reduce class sizes. (The initiative includes no new funding. Legislators will ultimately decide how to respond to the initiative. Their many options include redirecting funding from other state and local funding sources, leaving the initiative unfunded, or partially funding the initiative.)

General Election Results: By the numbers

In the Nov. 4 general election for Texas Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the following is a breakdown of the votes cast and corresponding percentages with 98.98% of precincts reporting as of Nov. 5:

Greg Abbott (Republican)            2,778,461 (59.29%)
Wendy R. Davis (Democrat)        1,821,494 (38.87%)
Kathie Glass (Libertarian)                 66,045 (1.40%)
Brandon Parmer (Green)                  18,369 (0.39%)
Sarah M. Pavitt (Write-In)                   1,155 (0.02%)

Lieutenant Governor
Dan Patrick (Republican)                2,707,566 (58.18%)
Leticia Van de Putte (Democrat)    1,799,505 (38.66%)
Robert D. Butler (Libertarian)            119,076 (2.55%)
Chandrakantha Courtney (Green)      27,544 (0.59%)

Here are the outcomes by percentage of all Texas State Senate races that were contested on the Nov. 4 general election ballot:

Senate District 2
Bob Hall (R) with 83.6% defeated Don Bates (L) with 16.4%. Hall defeated incumbent Sen. Bob Deuell (R) in a primary match-up earlier this year.

Senate District 3
Incumbent Robert Nichols (R) with 90.6% trounced Tyler Lindsey (L) with 9.4%.

Senate District 5
Incumbent Charles Schwertner (R) with 65% won over Joel Shapiro (D) with 31.2% and Matthew Whittington (L) with 3.8%.

Senate District 7
Paul Bettencourt (R) with 71.8% defeated Jim Davis (D) with 26.3% and Whitney Bilyeu (L) with 1.9%. This is the seat being vacated by Sen. Dan Patrick (R) who was elected Lieutenant Governor last night.

Senate District 8
In the seat currently held by Ken Paxton, who won last night’s race to become Attorney General, current State Rep. Van Taylor (R) earned 79% of the votes to convincingly defeat Scott Jameson (L) with 21%. A Democratic candidate, Jack Ternan, withdrew from the race.

Senate District 9
Incumbent Kelly Hancock (R) with 65.1% defeated Gregory Perry (D) with 34.9%. A Libertarian candidate, Nicolas Wallace, withdrew from the race.

Senate District 10
Konni Burton (R) earned 52.8% to defeat Libby Willis (D) at 44.7%, Gene Lord (L) at 1.8% and John Tunmire (G) at 0.6%,

Senate District 14
Incumbent Kirk Watson (D) beat James Strohm (L) by a hefty margin of 80% to 20%.

Senate District 15
Incumbent John Whitmire (D) with 59.2% defeated Ron Hale (R) with 38.5% and Gilberto Velasquez, Jr. (L) with 2.4%.

Senate District 16
Don Huffines (R) was declared the victor after his opponent, Mike Dooling (L), apparently withdrew from the race. Huffines previously defeated incumbent Sen. John Carona (R) in a primary contest back in March.

Senate District 17
Incumbent Joan Huffman (R) with 63.3% defeated Rita Lucido (D) with 33.9%. George Hardy (L) earned just 2% of the vote while David Courtney (G) earned 0.7%.

Senate District 23
Incumbent Royce West (D) earned 79.4% of the vote to soundly defeat John Lawson (R) at 18.8% and Jonathan Erhardt (L) at 1.8%.

Senate District 25
Incumbent Donna Campbell (R) with 65.2% was the winner over Daniel Boone (D) with 31.8% and Brandin Lea (L) with 3%.

Senate District 30
Incumbent Craig Estes (R) with 86.7% defeated Cory Lane (L) with 13.3%.

Senate District 31
Incumbent Kel Seliger (R) with 90.4% easily prevailed over Steven Gibson (L) with 9.6%.

Below is the full list of results for contested Texas State House races in the Nov. 4 general election:

House District 3
Incumbent Cecil Bell (R) – 91%
Larry Parr (L) – 9%

House District 4
Stuart Spitzer (R) – 89.1%
Frederick Rick Stralow (L) – 10.9%
Spitzer defeated incumbent Rep. Lance Gooden in the March 2014 primary election.

House District 5
Incumbent Bryan Hughes (R) – 92.3%
Ron Walenta (L) – 7.7%

House District 6
Incumbent Matt Schaefer (R) – 87.8%
Joel Gardner (L) – 12.2%

House District 8
Incumbent Byron Cook (R) – 87.9%
John Wilford (L) – 12.1%

House District 14
Incumbent John Raney (R) – 68.1%
Andrew Metscher (D) – 28.5%
Bruce Pugh (L) – 3.4%

House District 16 (open seat formerly held by Sen. Brandon Creighton)
Will Metcalf (R) – 83.8%
Michael Hayles (D) – 13.7%
Bob Townsend (L) – 2.6%

House District 17
Incumbent Tim Kleinschmidt (R) – 64.6%
Carolyn Banks (D) – 35.4%

House District 20
Incumbent Marsha Farney (R) – 73.3%
Stephen Wyman (D) – 22.7%
Jarrod Weaver (L) – 3.9%

House District 21 (open seat)
Dade Phelan (R) – 74.4%
Gavin Bruney (D) – 25.6%

House District 23 (open seat)
Wayne Faircloth (R) – 54.6%
Susan Criss (D) – 45.4%

House District 24
Incumbent Greg Bonnen (R) was the winner after challenger Joseph Whittington withdrew from the race.

House District 25
Incumbent Dennis Bonnen (R) was the winner after challenger Randall Goodson withdrew from the race.

House District 26
Incumbent Rick Miller (R) – 69.7%
Amber Paaso (D) – 30.3%

House District 27
Incumbent Ron Reynolds (D) – 67%
David Hamilton (R) – 33%

House District 41
Incumbent Bobby Guerra (D) – 57.5%
Elijah Casas (R) – 42.5%

House District 42
Incumbent Richard Pena Raymond (D) – 88.4%
Nicolas Serna, III (G) – 11.6%

House District 43
Incumbent J.M. Lozano (R) – 61.4%
Kim Gonzalez (D) – 38.6%

House District 44
Incumbent John Kuempel (R) – 75.7%
Robert Bohmfalk (D) – 24.3%

House District 45
Incumbent Jason Isaac (R) – 72.6%
Jim Duke (L) – 27.4%

House District 46
Incumbent Dawnna Dukes (D) – 84%
Kevin Ludlow (L) – 16%

House District 47
Incumbent Paul Workman (R) – 73%
Scott McKinlay (L) – 27%

House District 48
Incumbent Donna Howard (D) – 78.1%
Ben Easton (L) – 21.9%

House District 49
Incumbent Elliott Naishtat (D) – 85.1%
Daniel Krawisz (L) – 14.9%

House District 50
Incumbent Celia Israel (D) – 58.7%
Mike VanDeWalle (R) – 37.1%
David Dreesen (L) – 4.2%

House District 51
Incumbent Eddie Rodriguez (D) – 87.3%
Arthur DiBianca (L) – 12.7%

House District 52
Incumbent Larry Gonzales (R) – 56.4%
Chris Osborn (D) – 38.5%
Irene Johnson (L) – 5%

House District 53 (open seat)
Andrew Murr (R) – 89.9%
Maximilian Martin (L) – 10.1%

House District 54
Incumbent Jimmie Don Aycock (R) was the winner; challenger Claudia Brown (D) withdrew from the race.

House District 56
Incumbent Charles “Doc” Anderson (R) – 83.3%
Clifford Deuvall (L) – 16.7%

House District 58 (open seat)
DeWayne Burns (R) – 80.4%
Greg Kauffman (D) – 19.6%

House District 61
Incumbent Phil King (R) – 83%
Matthew Britt (D) – 17%

House District 63
Incumbent Tan Parker (R) – 77.3%
Daniel Moran (D) – 22.7%

House District 64
Incumbent Myra Crownover (R) – 63.4%
Emy Lyons (D) – 33.8%
Braeden Wright (G) – 2.8%

House District 65
Incumbent Ron Simmons (R) – 64.3%
Alex Mendoza (D) – 35.7%

House District 66 (open seat)
Matt Shaheen (R) was declared the winner after Ian Santorella withdrew from the race.

House District 67
Incumbent Jeff Leach (R) – 78.5%
Patrick Peavy (L) – 21.5%

House District 76
Cesar Blanco (D) – 87.1%
Alexandro Lozano (L) – 12.9%
Blanco defeated incumbent Rep. Naomi Gonzalez (D) in the March primary.

House District 77
Incumbent Marisa Marquez (D) – 78.2%
Ben Mendoza (I) – 21.8%

House District 82
Incumbent Tom Craddick (R) was the winner; challenger Dan Anderson withdrew from the race.

House District 83 (open seat formerly held by Sen. Charles Perry)
Dustin Burrows (R) – 81.2%
Max R. Tarbox (D) – 18.8%

House District 84
Incumbent John Frullo (R) – 72.7%
Edward Tishler (D) – 27.3%

House District 85
Incumbent Phil Stephenson (R) – 66.6%
Cynthia Drabek (D) – 33.4%

House District 87
Incumbent Four Price (R) – 84.3%
Abel Bosquez (D) – 15.7%

House District 88
Incumbent Ken King (R) – 93.2%
Kerry McKennon (L) – 6.8%

House District 89
Incumbent Jodie Laubenberg (R) – 71.6%
Sameena Karmally (D) – 28.4%

House District 91
Incumbent Stephanie Klick (R) – 68.7%
David Ragan (D) – 28.2%
Felecia Whatley (L) – 3.1%

House District 92
Incumbent Jonathan Stickland (R) – 63.6%
Tina Penney (D) – 36.4%

House District 93
Incumbent Matt Krause (R) was the winner; challenger Jeff Owens (L) withdrew from the race.

House District 94
Tony Tinderholt (R) – 56.6%
Cole Ballweg (D) – 40.5%
Robert Harris (L) – 2.9%
Tinderholt defeated incumbent Rep. Diane Patrick (R) in the March 2014 primary election.

House District 95
Incumbent Nicole Collier (D) – 75.8%
Albert McDaniel (R) – 24.2%

House District 96
Incumbent Bill Zedler (R) – 80.7%
Quinn Eaker (L) – 19.3%

House District 97
Incumbent Craig Goldman (R) – 81.6%
Rod Wingo (L) – 18.4%

House District 100
Incumbent Eric Johnson (D) – 90%
Brian Chapman (L) – 10%

House District 101
Incumbent Chris Turner (D) – 84.6%
Carl Nulsen (L) – 15.4%

House District 102
Linda Koop (R) – 62.5%
George Clayton (D) – 37.5%
Koop defeated incumbent Rep. Stefani Carter (R) in the March 2014 primary.

House District 105
Rodney Anderson (R) – 55.4%
Susan Motley (D) – 42.7%
Carl Spiller (L) – 1.8%
Anderson defeated incumbent Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R) in the March 2014 primary.

House District 106
Incumbent Patrick Fallon (R) – 70%
Lisa Osterholt (D) – 27.5%
Rodney Caston (L) – 2.5%

House District 107
Incumbent Kenneth Sheets (R) – 55%
Carol Donovan (D) – 45%

House District 108 (open seat)
Morgan Meyer (R) – 60.7%
Leigh Bailey (D) – 39.3%

House District 112
Incumbent Angie Chen Button (R) – 81.6%
Michael Binkley (L) – 18.4%
Kimberly Williams (D) withdrew from the race.

House District 113
Incumbent Cindy Burkett (R) – 59.4%
Milton Whitley (D) – 40.6%

House District 114
Incumbent Jason Villalba (R) – 81.1%
Thomas Griffing (L) – 18.9%

House District 115
Matt Rinaldi (R) – 57.1%
Paul Stafford (D) – 39.5%
Kim Kelley (L) – 3.4%
Rinaldi defeated incumbent Rep. Bennett Ratliff (R) in the March 2014 primary election.

House District 117
Rick Galindo (R) – 52.7%
Incumbent Philip Cortez (D) – 47.3%

House District 120
Incumbent Ruth Jones McClendon (R) – 82.3%
Gilberto Villela (L) – 17.7%

House District 121
Incumbent Joe Straus (R) – 82.1%
Jeff Carruthers (I) – 17.9%

House District 122
Incumbent Lyle Larson (R) – 85%
James Holland (L) – 15%

House District 123
Incumbent Mike Villarreal (D) – 86.3%
Paul Ingmundson (G) – 13.7%

House District 125
Incumbent Justin Rodriguez (D) – 76.9%
Daniel Behrman (L) – 23.1%

House District 126
Incumbent Patricia Harless (R) – 86.3%
Cris Hernandez (L) – 13.7%

House District 128
Incumbent Wayne Smith (R) – 90.7%
Ken Lowder (L) – 9.3%

House District 129 (open seat)
Dennis Paul (R) – 67.8%
John Gay (D) – 32.2%

House District 130
Incumbent Allen Fletcher (R) – 90.8%
Art Browning (G) – 9.2%

House District 132 (open seat)
Mike Schofield (R) – 66.1%
Luis Lopez (D) – 33.9%

House District 133
Incumbent Jim Murphy (R) – 74.6%
Laura Nicol (D) – 25.4%

House District 134
Incumbent Sarah Davis (R) – 61.2%
Alison Ruff (D) – 38.8%

House District 135
Incumbent Gary Elkins (R) – 65.9%
Moiz Abbas (D) – 34.1%

House District 136
Incumbent Tony Dale (R) – 54.2%
John Bucy (D) – 41.4%
Justin Billiot (L) – 4.7%

House District 137
Incumbent Gene Wu (D) – 57.9%
Morad Fiki (R) – 42.1%

House District 138
Incumbent Dwayne Bohac (R) – 66.8%
Fred Vernon (D) – 33.2%

House District 144
Gilbert Pena (R) – 50.7%
Incumbent Mary Ann Perez (D) – 49.3%

House District 146
Incumbent Borris Miles (D) – 91.9%
Morgan Bradford (G) – 8.1%

House District 148
Incumbent Jessica Farrar (D) – 60.3%
Chris Carmona (R) – 39.7%

House District 149
Incumbent Hubert Vo (D) – 45.1%
Al Hoang (R) – 54.9%

House District 150
Incumbent Debbie Riddle (R) – 73.2%
Amy Perez (D) – 26.8%

Here are the results of all State Board of Education (SBOE) contested races on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, showing the number of votes cast and percentages as of Nov. 5:

Member, State Board of Education, District 3
Marisa B. Perez Incumbent (D) – 128,118 (59.49%)
Dave Mundy (R) – 80,485 (37.37%)
Josh Morales (L) – 6,727 (3.12%)
Total Votes 215,330 (only 98.57% of precincts had reported)

Member, State Board of Education, District 4
Lawrence A. Allen Jr. Incumbent (D) – 158,252 (76.45%)
Dorothy Olmos (R) – 48,729 (23.54%)
Total Votes 206,981 (100% of precincts)

Member, State Board of Education, District 7
David Bradley Incumbent (R) – 225,960 (63.87%)
Kathy King (D) – 119,789 (33.86%)
Megan DaGata (L) – 7,984 (2.25%)
Total Votes 353,733 (100% of precincts)

Member, State Board of Education, District 11
Patricia “Pat” Hardy Incumbent (R) – 242,032 (65.12%)
Nancy Bean (D) – 116,582 (31.36%)
Craig Sanders (L) – 13,034 (3.50%)
Total Votes 371,648 (100% of precincts)

Member, State Board of Education, District 12
Geraldine “Tincy” Miller Incumbent (R) – 221,418 (61.37%)
Lois Parrott (D) – 127,145 (35.24%)
Mark Wester (L) – 12,172 (3.37%)
Total Votes 360,735 (100% of precincts)

Member, State Board of Education, District 13
Erika Beltran (D) – 172,285 (89.82%)
Junart Sodoy (L) – 19,510 (10.17%)
Total Votes 191,795 (100% of precincts)

General Election Results: Republicans sweep statewide offices, gain seats in Legislature

Texas will welcome a new slate of statewide elected officials in January following yesterday’s general election. With 98.98% of all precincts reporting, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott won the Governor’s race with 59.29% of the votes. Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis trailed Abbott with 38.87% of the vote, followed by candidates from the Libertarian and Green parties and a write-in candidate. In the race for Lt. Governor, Republican Sen. Dan Patrick earned 58.18% of the vote to defeat his Senate colleague Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee, who garnered 38.66% in yesterday’s contest. The Libertarian and Green parties also fielded candidates. A complete breakdown of the numbers in the statewide races can be found here.

In the race for Attorney General, current Sen. Ken Paxton (R) prevailed with nearly 59 percent of the votes, defeating Sam Houston (D). By roughly the same margin, another Republican, Sen. Glenn Hegar, defeated Democrat Mike Collier to become the state’s next Comptroller. A special election will be called to fill Hegar’s unexpired term in the Senate. Republican George P. Bush will become the state’s new Land Commissioner after garnering almost 61 percent of the votes cast in that race; he defeated Democrat John Cook. And in the race for Agriculture Commissioner, voters chose former State Rep. Sid Miller (R) over Jim Hogan (D). Libertarian and Green party candidates also ran in those races but garnered only about 3 percent or less of the vote totals in each contest.

One of the most disappointing statistics to come out of the Nov. 2014 general election is this one: only about one-third of all Texas registered voters turned out to cast votes statewide. Also of interest, in practically all of the statewide races, the Republican victor earned roughly 59 percent of the vote with Democratic candidates garnering approximately 38 percent. For the sake of comparison, the slate of Republican statewide candidates in 2010 defeated their Democratic opponents that year by a general margin of 60 to 40 percent.

Among contested races for the Texas State Senate this fall, only one was deemed truly competitive by most election watchers. In the race to fill the open seat of Sen. Wendy Davis, voters in Senate District 10 chose Republican Konni Burton over Democrat Libby Willis and two third-party candidates. Burton (R) earned 52.8% compared to the 44.7% earned by Willis (D), representing a difference of about 15,000 votes. With Burton’s win, the Republican party now holds 20 of the 31 seats in the Texas Senate, which is a net gain of one seat. The Democrats moved from holding 12 seats last year to holding 11 seats heading into 2015. With the loss of a seat, the Democratic minority in the Senate is still in a position to benefit from the upper chamber’s unique two-thirds rule, but Dan Patrick has signaled his desire to eliminate the two-thirds rule and is likely to pursue that option now that he has been elected as the Senate’s presiding officer in his role as Lt. Governor.

In races for the Texas State House, there were few surprising outcomes, but a handful of races were closely watched yesterday. In Galveston’s open race to fill the HD 23 seat of Rep. Craig Eiland (D), who retired, the Republican candidate Wayne Faircloth defeated well-known Democratic judge Susan Criss. Another closely watched race was in Arlington’s HD 94, where Republican Tony Tinderholt surprisingly defeated the incumbent and longtime education ally Rep. Diane Patrick during the primary elections this spring; Tinderholt prevailed last night over both Cole Ballweg (D) and Robert Harris (L). A race for HD 105 in Irving pitted Rodney Anderson (R) against Susan Motley (D) and a Libertarian candidate; Anderson, who is returning to the House, toppled incumbent Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R) during a primary challenge earlier this year and similarly defeated both his opponents last night. In what has seemingly become a tradition in Houston’s HD 149, incumbent Rep. Hubert Vo (D) survived yet another challenge from the right this year when he defeated Al Hoang (R).

In a couple of races not as closely watched heading into yesterday’s election, there were two Democratic incumbents who lost narrowly to Republican challengers. In HD 117, incumbent Phillip Cortez (D) lost to challenger Rick Galindo (R) by a difference of four percentage points. In Houston’s HD 144, incumbent Mary Ann Perez (D) was just 155 votes behind her challenger, Gilbert Pena (R). With the defeat of Reps. Cortez and Perez, along with a Republican win in the open HD 23 race, the GOP picks up a net gain of three seats in the House, where the split will be 98 Republicans to 52 Democrats.

The full list of results by percentage in yesterday’s contested House and Senate races can be found here.

In contested races for the State Board of Education (SBOE), all incumbents retained their seats. Erika Beltran, a Democrat from Dallas, was elected to fill the only open seat in District 13 currently held by retiring board member Mavis Knight. A list of all the votes cast and corresponding percentages from yesterday’s contested SBOE races can be viewed here on Teach the Vote.