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Ben Mendoza

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Ben Mendoza (independent) was a candidate for Texas' 16th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Mendoza lost the general election on November 6, 2018.


Mendoza was a 2012 and 2016 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 16th Congressional District of Texas. Mendoza was defeated by incumbent Beto O'Rourke in the Democratic primary on March 1, 2016.

Mendoza was a 2014 Independent candidate for District 77 of the Texas House of Representatives.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for U.S. House Texas District 16

Veronica Escobar (D) defeated Rick Seeberger (R) and Ben Mendoza (Independent) in the general election for U.S. House Texas District 16 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Veronica Escobar (D)
68.5
124,437

Rick Seeberger (R)
27.0
49,127

Ben Mendoza (Independent)
4.5
8,147
Other/Write-in votes
0.0
43

Total votes: 181,754
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. House Texas District 16

The following candidates ran in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Texas District 16 on March 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Veronica Escobar (D)
61.4
30,630

Dori Fenenbock (D)
22.0
10,992

Norma Chavez (D)
6.7
3,325

Enrique Garcia (D)
5.3
2,661

Jerome Tilghman (D)
3.0
1,489

John Carrillo (D)
1.5
771

Total votes: 49,868
Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. House Texas District 16

Rick Seeberger defeated Alia Garcia-Ureste in the Republican primary for U.S. House Texas District 16 on March 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Rick Seeberger (R)
69.3
7,273

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Alia Garcia-Ureste (R)
30.7
3,216

Total votes: 10,489


2016

rated this race as safely Democratic. Incumbent Beto O'Rourke (D) defeated Jaime Perez (L) and Mary Gourdoux (G) in the general election on November 8, 2016. O'Rourke defeated Ben Mendoza in the Democratic primary on March 1, 2016. No Republicans filed to run in the race.

U.S. House, Texas District 16 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeto O'Rourke Incumbent 85.7% 150,228
Libertarian Jaime Perez 10% 17,491
Green Mary Gourdoux 4.3% 7,510
Total Votes 175,229
Source: Texas Secretary of State

U.S. House, Texas District 16 Democratic Primary, 2016
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBeto O'Rourke Incumbent 85.6% 40,051
Ben Mendoza 14.4% 6,749
Total Votes 46,800
Source: Texas Secretary of State

2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50 percent or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Marisa Marquez defeated Lyda Ness-Garcia in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election. Ben Mendoza (I) was defeated by Marquez in the general election.

Texas House of Representatives, District 77 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarisa Marquez Incumbent 78.2% 11,324
Independent Ben Mendoza 21.8% 3,166
Total Votes 14,490

2012

Mendoza ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 16th District. He was defeated by Beto O'Rourke in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012.