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Nominated: Rep. Marc Veasey (D) and more win Party Nominations for US Congress


by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT



Rep. Marc Veasey (D) was easily re-nominated, despite hundreds of thousands of dollars spent against him
While three races for party nominations to the US Congress are going to runoffs, sixteen primaries for federal representatives concluded on Tuesday night as voters selected their nominees.

The highlight was in congressional district 33, incumbent Rep. Marc Veasey held off his Democratic primary opponent, Tom Sanchez, by earning 73.47% of the vote. Sanchez, who mainly self-funded his campaign, earned the remaining 26.52%. After a narrow victory in the 2012 primary, when district 33 was an open seat, Rep. Veasey worked hard to earn the support of the Hispanic community in both Tarrant and Dallas Counties. Now, after having several hundreds of thousands of dollars spent against him and prevailing by a near fifty point spread, Rep. Veasey's strong showing may earn him some electoral relief in 2016 when he faces the voters again in this multi-racial, coalition district.

Take a look after the jump to learn about the fifteen other congressional primary races that concluded last Tuesday.

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Congressional District 3, Rep. Sam Johnson wins Republican nomination with 80.5%
Longtime incumbent Sam Johnson was re-nominated to his thirteenth term on Tuesday night over three challengers. Johnson, at age 83, faces a Libertarian and Green challenger in the November general election.

Congressional District 6, Rep. Joe Barton wins Republican nomination with 72.65%
Another longtime incumbent, Joe Barton, beat his one Republican challenger by a wide margin. This is Barton's sixteenth nomination to congress and will face Democrat David Cozad and a Libertarian as challengers in November.

Congressional District 7, James Cargas wins Democratic nomination with 62.17%
James Cargas, the 2012 Democratic nominee, will face the voters again in 2014's general election. Cargas beat fellow Democrat Lissa Squiers, who he also ran in 2012, to earn the party's nomination. He will face the incumbent Republican, Rep. John Culberson, and a Libertarian in November.

Congressional District 8, Rep. Kevin Brady wins Republican nomination with 68.04%
Rep. Brady, first elected in 1996, beat his TEA Party challenger by a wide margin. Brady will face a to-be-determined Libertarian in the November general election.

Congressional District 11, Rep. Mike Conaway wins Republican nomination with 73.67%
Rep. Conaway, Chair of the House Committee on Ethics, breezed past his single primary challenger on Tuesday by nearly a three-to-one margin. Conaway will face a Libertarian challenger in his West Texas district in November.

Congressional District 13, Rep. Mac Thornberry wins Republican nomination with 67.92%
Despite having two TEA Party-based primary challengers, Rep. Thornberry had an easy time being re-nominated to his West Texas district. Thornberry, first elected in 1994, will face a Democrat, Libertarian, and Green Party candidate in November.

Congressional District 14, Donald Brown wins Democratic nomination with 68.24%
Brown, a mortgage broker, beat two other Democrats and will be the party's nominee in the fourteenth district. He will face the incumbent Republican, freshman Randy Weber, and a Libertarian in November.

Congressional District 15, Eddie Zamora wins Republican nomination with 54.88%
It was a close contest, but frequent candidate Eddie Zamora beat Doug Carlile to earn the right to challenge the longtime incumbent, Democratic Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. A to-be-determined Libertarian candidate will join Zamora and Hinojosa in the November election.

Congressional District 19, Rep. Randy Neugebauer wins Republican nomination with 64.37%
Two challengers drew a combined 35.63%, not enough to deny Rep. Neugebauer a seventh Republican party nomination. A full slate of a Democrat, a Libertarian, and a Green will face the incumbent this November.

Congressional District 21, Rep. Lamar Smith wins Republican nomination with 60.42%
Outside of Rep. Ralph Hall who is in a runoff, Rep. Lamar Smith had the closest call in his re-nomination contest than another incumbent Texas congressman. But, with over 60% of the vote, the fourteen term incumbent was never really in danger. A to-be-determined Libertarian will face Rep. Smith in November.

Congressional District 22, Frank Briscoe wins Democratic nomination with 53.23%
In the closest congressional primary that concluded on Tuesday night, by 410 votes rancher Frank Briscoe narrowly beat veteran Mark Gibson. Either candidate would have been a massive improvement over the previous nominee, Kesha Rogers. Briscoe will face incumbent Republican Pete Olson and a Libertarian in November.

Congressional District 25, Marco Montoya wins Democratic nomination with 74.97%
It was not even close. Burnt Orange Report's endorsed candidate, Marco Montoya, earned a clear win in the Democratic primary over his challenger.  He will go on to face incumbent Republican Rep. Roger Williams and a Libertarian in November.

Congressional District 26, Rep. Michael Burgess wins Republican nomination with 82.60%
In the largest primary win of any congressional race, incumbent Rep. Michael Burgess beat two TEA Party fueled primary challengers with an astounding 82.60%. Only a Libertarian stands between Burgess and a re-election in November.

Congressional District 30, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson wins Democratic nomination with 69.93%
A rematch from 2012, Rep. Johnson once again beat former State Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway by a surprisingly large margin. Johnson will face a Libertarian in November.

Congressional District 32, Rep. Pete Sessions wins Republican nomination with 63.61%
The much-hyped contest between Rep. Pete Sessions and his TEA Party challenger turned out to be a major dud. Less hyped contests in congressional districts four and twenty-one turned out to be more hazardous for the incumbent congressmen than Session's campaign for re-election. Democrat Frank Perez and a Libertarian will face Sessions in November.

See a complete list of who is running for US Congress in our Burnt Orange Report Congressional Candidate Tracker.

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