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SD6 (special): Emily’s List endorsed Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) for the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), the presumptive successor to retiring U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston).

SD19: Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) has surrendered his law license rather than face disciplinary proceedings by the State Bar of Texas. In February, Uresti was convicted in February on felony counts including wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with a bankrupt frac-sand company and its executives. Uresti has maintained his innocence.

HD46 open: Austin software executive Nnamdi Orakwue has ended his independent candidacy for the seat currently held by Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin). He was one of the early entrants into what was expected to be a special election prior to the 2017 legislative session. In a statement, Orakwue said the presence of “two solid Democratic candidates” in the runoff, and the defeat of the incumbent, led to his decision.

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