Early voting for the May 22 runoff election continues through Friday. In general, Democratic voters are turning out at the highest rate since at least 2002, and Democratic voters are outnumbering Republican voters for the first time since 2008, the last year in which there was no statewide Republican runoff race. Each party’s runoff turnout exceeds its primary early voting turnout as of this point in the early vote period. That said, turnout statewide for both parties is just north of 2% combined, so far.

GOV: The campaign of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) released a new web ad attacking Lupe Valdez’s positions on issues relating to sanctuary cities.

In a lengthy statement, Valdez responded that she remains “opposed to … all attempts to fearmonger and wrongfully attack immigrant communities and people of color.”

HD13 open: In a daily pre-election report, the Ben Leman campaign disclosed $35K in contributions, including $13K from Texas House Leadership Fund and $11K each from Associated Republicans of Texas and Texas Assoc. of Realtors TREPAC.

CD2 open: With Honor PAC released a new ad, “The Real World,” criticizing Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston) for comments made at a candidate forum that voters should send people with “real world” experience to Congress.

CD6 open: The Ron Wright campaign announced the endorsement of Troy Ratterree, who finished fifth in the Republican primary with 4% of the vote. Wright has been endorsed by three former rivals: third-place finisher Ken Cope (8%), Shawn Dandridge (1%) and Ratterree.

CD7: The Laura Moser campaign announced the endorsement of Ivan Sanchez, who finished fifth in the Democratic primary with 6% of the vote.

Denison: Former high school coach Rayce Guess won a coin toss against Brian Hander to advance to a city council runoff against Charles Shearer.

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