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United States Senate election in Texas, 2002

 

United States Senate election in Texas, 2002

United States Senate election in Texas, 2002

November 5, 2002

 
Nominee John Cornyn Ron Kirk
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,496,243 1,955,758
Percentage 55.3% 43.3%

U.S. Senator before election

Phil Gramm
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

John Cornyn
Republican

The 2002 United States Senate election in Texas was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Phil Gramm decided to retire, instead of seeking a fourth term. Republican John Cornyn won the open seat

Contents

  • Major candidates 1
    • Democratic 1.1
    • Republican 1.2
  • Campaign 2
  • Results 3
  • References 4

Major candidates

Democratic

Republican

Campaign

Despite the fact that Texas is a

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References

General election results[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Cornyn 2,496,243 55.3
Democratic Ron Kirk 1,955,758 43.3
Libertarian Scott Jameson 35,538 0.8
Green Roy Williams 25,051 0.6
Write-In James W. Wright 1,422 0.0
Majority 540,485 11.97
Turnout 4,514,012

Results

The race was close, as an October Dallas Morning News poll had Cornyn leading 47% to 37%.[3] A record $18 million was spent in the election.

Cornyn was criticized for taking campaign money from Enron and other controversial companies. And although other Democrats have seized on the issue, Kirk is well-entrenched in the Dallas business community, and his wife resigned from two private-sector jobs that created potential conflicts of interest for Kirk while he was mayor.

. Lloyd Bentsen and former U.S. Senator Ann Richards Kirk had the support of former Governor [2] He also supported increases in defense spending, such as Bush's proposed $48 billion increase in military spending, except for the money Bush wanted to use for missile defense.[1]

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