Early Voting continues for the November 6 general and constitutional amendment election. Turnout has been very light across most of the state. Just 0.3% of registered voters in the state’s 15 most populous counties voted early in person or by mail on Monday, the first day of the early voting period. This is about half the turnout from the first day of the 2015 general election.

GOV: Houston investor Andrew White, son of former Gov. Mark White (D), is expected to launch an exploratory committee for a potential challenge of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as a Democrat. A web site and Facebook page are up and running, and a Twitter handle has been created but not yet used.

SD15: Houston resident Randy Orr established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston). His social media activity suggests he would run as a Republican.

HD14: College Station recent college graduate Jeston Texeira established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of John Raney (R-College Station).

HD46: Democratic challenger Nnamdi Orakwue confirmed he is still seeking the seat following the dismissal of criminal charges against Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin). He is at least the fourth Democratic challenger remaining in the race.

HD48: Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) announced she would seek re-election.

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