Early voting continues in jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 8. Early voting begins Monday in most jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 15.

Through today (Thursday), the third day of early voting, nearly 2.2% of registered voters in Dallas Co. had cast ballots, mostly in Dallas. This is about a day ahead of the early voting pace for the May 4 election. In Bexar Co., nearly 37K people have voted early in person for the San Antonio mayoral and council runoffs. This is well ahead of the early voting pace for the May 4 election and the highest runoff turnout in at least a decade so far.

Scorecards: Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan tweeted that the group’s biennial scorecard, the Texas Fiscal Responsibility Index, is expected to be released on June 6, the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The group has released scorecards since 2007. Aside from 2011, when it issued non-numerical scores, the average House and Senate Republican member has received:

  • 2007 – House 75.0, Senate 48.5
  • 2009 – House 81.0, Senate 58.2
  • 2011 – non-numeric scores
  • 2013 – House 63.3, Senate 68.4
  • 2015 – House 72.8, Senate 85.5
  • 2017 – House 61.9, Senate 87.6

Based on recent social media and blog activity from the group and supportive Tea Party and conservative activists, we anticipate the House score for Republicans will be on the low side, potentially the lowest in the scorecard’s history.

Beaumont: The Beaumont Enterprise reiterated its endorsement of incumbent W1 council member Virginia Jordan for the runoff.

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