Incumbent Randy Neugebauer hopes to hold onto his seat in a race against Democratic hopeful Andy Wilson and Libertarian Richard “Chip” Peterson. Neugebauer has received the majority of endorsements and many politicals analysts are picking him to win the race. In a recent interview, the Lubbock resident listed his top priorities as cutting government spending, reducing the size of the government, and moving the country towards more federalist principles.
In many ways, Wilson and Peterson agree the government is spending too much. Wilson notes the federal budget and irresponsible spending are two of his top priorities. He's wants to push legislation designed to boost domestic businesses and the economy.
Peterson told LubbockOnline.com that ensuring legislation is constitutional tops his list of priorities. Peterson also noted reducing government spending as a priority.
By most accounts, it appears Mac Thornberry is on his way to a ninth term in the 13th Congressional District.
The Clarendon native already earned one small victory before election day. One of his independent opponents, Keith Dyer, was ruled ineligible by the state because he's voted in a Republic primary. Dyer's name will remain on the ballot.
Thornerry's lone opposition is now Abilene Libertarian John Burwell Jr. There is no Deomocrats in the race.
In recent interviews, Thornberry and Burwell both noted they support a cutback in government spending and government operations all together.
"The issue of whether or not it's the government's role to right a particular wrong is one of the greatest challenges to conservatives," Thornberry told Amarillo.com. "We often have strong views of right and wrong, and it's hard to walk away from a clear wrong.
Republican Mike Conaway faces three opponents in the race for the District 11 seat. At this point, analysts seem to agree Conaway will win fairly handidly.
The popular Midland native faces Democrat James Quillian, Green Party candidate Jim Howe, and Libertarian candidate James Powell.
“He’s in zero trouble because this is one of the safest Republican red districts in the United States of America,” Ed Olson, Angelo State University political science professor told the San Angelo Times.
If Conaway wins, this would be his fourth term in office.