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The list of candidates for each Senate race has largely taken shape — here's a look at who's running in each district as primary elections loom.
December 13, 2019
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This week, the campaign filing deadline came and went, meaning each candidate or elected official set to be on the ballot in 2020 now knows, with few exceptions, who they’ll be facing off against in both the general and primary elections.

Here’s how the races for each Texas Senate seat on the ballot this cycle shaped up:

Senate District 1Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola)

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  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Audrey Spanko
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

Senate District 4Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Jay Stittleburg
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 87.33%

Senate District 6Carol Alvarado (D-Houston)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

Senate District 11Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Susan Criss, Margarita Ruiz Johnson
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

Senate District 12Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Randy Daniels, Shadi Zitoon
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 82.98%

Senate District 13Borris Miles (D-Houston)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Richard Andrews, Melissa Morris
  • General Opponent(s): William Booher
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 92.50%

Senate District 18Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Michael Antalan
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 85.78%

Senate District 19Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Roland Gutierrez, Freddy Ramirez, Xochil Peña Rodriguez, Belinda Shvetz
  • 2018 special election win percentage: 56.67%

Senate District 20Chuy Hinojosa (D-McAllen)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Judy Cutright
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 61.68%

Senate District 21 Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Frank Pomeroy
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

Senate District 22Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Robert Vick
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 70.43%

Senate District 24Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Clayton Tucker
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 72.39%

Senate District 26 José Menéndez (D-San Antonio)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 79.87%

Senate District 27Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Sara Stapleton Barrera, Ruben Cortez
  • General Opponent(s): Vanessa Tijerina
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

Senate District 28Charles Perry (R-Lubbock)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

Senate District 29José Rodríguez (D-El Paso)

  • Incumbent: Retiring
  • Primary Candidate(s): César Blanco
  • General Candidate(s): Bethany Hatch
  • 2016 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

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McKenzie Taylor

McKenzie Taylor

McKenzie Taylor serves as Senior Editor and resident plate-spinner for The Texan. Previously, she worked as State Representative Kyle Biedermann’s Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.