Number of Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens and independents who filed for offices we track – Texas statewide, legislative, State Board of Education and federal seats – for 2018, by far the highest number in at least 26 years.

The number of candidates seeking the offices we track increased 37% from two years ago, buoyed by reactions to the Trump presidency, seven congressional delegation retirements and record numbers of women and LGBTQ candidates:

  • More than 180 women running for statewide, legislative and congressional offices
  • Likely more than 120 people under the age of 35 are running for legislative and congressional offices, at least 96 of which are Democrats
  • At least 100 African-Americans running for offices we track; and
  • At least 25 openly LGBTQ candidates running for statewide, legislative and congressional offices, “roughly three times as many as in any previous election cycle in the state’s history,” according to OutSmart.

Twice as many Democrats (362) are running for offices we track this year than four years ago (181). The 344 Republicans running is slightly greater than four years ago (312) but short of the all-time high of 401 set in 2012. The number of Libertarian candidates (109) is just a bit higher than in 2014 (103), but the Green Party’s loss of automatic access caused its candidate number to plunge from 35 four years ago to just four this year. What is likely a record number of independents (68) filed declarations of intent, but history suggests most will not ultimately qualify for the ballot.

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