WASHINGTON (5/31/12)--Two credit union-backed candidates will face U.S. Senate and House primary runoffs after their Tuesday Texas primary contests failed to decide clear winners.
One of the candidates candidate, current Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (R), will face Republican opponent Ted Cruz in a two-man runoff election on July 31 to determine who will run as the Republican candidate for a Senate seat.
Although Dewhurst, who was endorsed by the Texas Credit Union League and also received support from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), received 45% of the primary vote, he needed to win more than 50% of the vote to be declared the winner. His opponent, Cruz, tallied 34% of all votes cast in the Republican primary.
The Texas Democratic primary vote for this Senate contest will also be subject to a runoff vote. The winner of the Republican runoff is expected to win the Senate seat of the retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) as Texas has not had a Democratic senator in office since 1993.
In the U.S. House race, CULAC-backed Marc Veasey (D), a current Texas state representative, received 36.7% of the total primary vote. Domingo Garcia (D) also vied for the Democratic nomination, receiving 24.9% of the vote. Veasey and Garcia will face off in a runoff election against later this year.
The runoff winner will take on a to-be-named Republican opponent for the state's newly created 33rd congressional district. That seat represents largely democratic areas of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Credit union candidates saw mixed results in other Texas races. Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D), an eight-term House member who was also backed by CULAC, lost his primary contest to former El Paso City Councilman Beto O'Rourke (D), who won with 50.5% of the total vote. O'Rourke will face Republican nominee Barbara Carrasco in November.
Another CULAC-backed candidate, Texas State Senator Michael Jackson (R), came in third in Tuesday's 36th congressional district Republican primary with 19.7% of the vote.
Only the top two contenders will compete in the runoff for that nomination. Steve Stockman and Stephen Takach, who received 21.7% and 22.4% of the total votes, will compete for that district's Republican nomination. The winner of that runoff is expected to win the House seat, as there is no Democratic candidate at this time.
The presidency, congressional seats, and state and local positions are all at stake in 2012, and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), CULAC and state credit union leagues plan to work with credit union friendly candidates ahead of their general election contests.