LTGOV (Lean R): The Texas Assoc. of Builders HOMEPAC endorsed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R).

AG (Lean R): U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) may announce his plans on Saturday after he did not appear as scheduled on this morning’s (Friday) Mark Davis Show. Ten days ago, Gohmert said he would challenge Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) if he raised $1M by today.

HD31 (Likely R): Former President Trump endorsed Rep. Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City).

HD63 open (Likely R): Former Trophy Club Mayor Nick Sanders established a campaign committee for a potential run as a Republican for the seat being vacated by Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound).

HD84 open (Likely R)/Lubbock: Mayor Dan Pope announced he would not run for re-election. Pope has been considering a run for the seat being vacated by Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock).

HD94 (Likely R): Bedford political consultant Dennis Sherrard filed as a Democrat to challenge Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington).

HD125 (Likely D): San Antonio retiree Carlos Antonio Raymond filed as a Republican to challenge Rep. Ray Lopez (D-San Antonio). Raymond unsuccessfully ran for HD117 in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

HD149 (Likely D): Alief ISD trustee and 2020 Republican nominee Lily Truong filed for a rematch against Rep. Hubert Vo (D-Houston).

TBD: Katy resident Ahmad Hasssan re-established his campaign committee for a potential run for an unspecified state office. Hassan most recently ran for U.S. Senate in Minnesota, receiving 4% of the vote in the Democratic primary despite living in Texas. He lost the 2018 Democratic primary for SD17 (16%) and the ’16 Democratic primary for CD22 (24%). Hassan won the 2014 Democratic primary for Harris County Judge (unopposed) but withdrew before the general election. He lost the 2008 Democratic primary for Harris County Judge (25%). Posts on his Facebook page suggest he may be considering another run for Harris County Judge.

Election “Audits”: Citing an “emergency,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the Legislative Budget Board diverted $4M the Legislature appropriated for the state prison system to the Secretary of State to cover counties’ costs of conducting “forensic audits” of election results now required by law. In a press release, Abbott said the funding would create “a division dedicated entirely” to election integrity within the Secretary of State’s office, which is “conducting the largest forensic audit in the country.” That “audit” is underway in Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant Cos.

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