SD5: First a correction. In yesterday’s report about the Univ. of Texas’s investigation of explicit text messages allegedly sent by Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), we erroneously said an undergraduate student was the recipient of those alleged messages. She is a graduate student. We have corrected that report and regret the error.

Since then, attorneys representing Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) issued a statement saying he “did not send any inappropriate texts as alleged. Period.” Schwertner is “devastated over these allegations and is concerned for the unnamed victim,” according to the statement.

SD17: Annie’s List endorsed Democratic challenger Rita Lucido over Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston).

HD63: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound).

HD64: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-Sanger).

SEN: The campaign of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) released a new ad, “Booming,” mostly attacking his opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), on energy policy.

Meanwhile, the debate scheduled for Sunday may be postponed because of uncertainty in the schedule of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ongoing confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

CD6 open: EMILY’S List endorsed Democratic nominee Jana Lynne Sanchez (D) over Tarrant Co. Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright (R).

CD7: The Congressional Leadership Fund released a new ad, “You Lose,” attacking Democratic challenger Lizzie Pannill Fletcher by invoking former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whom the ad describes as Fletcher’s “boss.”

CD17: The campaign of Democratic challenger Rick Kennedy released a new digital ad introducing the candidate and highlighting his main issues.

CD23: The Congressional Leadership Fund released a new ad, “Liberal Jones,” attacking Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones, who it calls “Gina Jones,” omitting the Spanish surname Ortiz.

CD25: Democratic challenger Julie Oliver released a nearly three-minute digital ad, “Need,” a biographical piece that pivots to struggles faced by many people she has met along the campaign trail.

Mission: Mayor Armando O’Caña took the stand for five hours today, the third day of a trial where former Mayor Beto Salinas is trying to prove a scheme of bribery, illegal voting and mail-in voter fraud cost him a June runoff election. According to news reports, attorneys for Salinas repeatedly asked about expenses reported in O’Caña’s campaign finance reports. O’Caña said his campaign manager, his niece Veronica O’Caña, handled those details. Salinas’s attorney, his son Rick, said she has avoided being subpoenaed to testify.

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