Filing for a place on the 2018 ballot begins on Saturday and continues until 6 p.m. local time on December 11. Texas has the second earliest filing period of any state.

How We Cover the Filing Period

We will do our best to update our Crib Sheets as we become aware that candidates have filed. We rely on several dozen county party offices, the state parties, the Secretary of State, other election officials and candidate announcements for our information. These vary in accuracy, completeness, timeliness and accessibility. We will not mark someone as having filed without some verifiable source, but some filings escape our view, leading us falsely to believe that some candidates have not filed when in fact they have. Those cases eventually get resolved, but we usually do not have a final picture of who’s running until several days after the filing period ends.

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