By the Numbers: Election Issues and Special Sessions

At Least 34 Number of special sessions of the Texas Legislature for which at least one election-related issue was part of the call since 1921. Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a call for a special session to convene next week, and ballot-by-mail voter fraud is one of the...

By the Numbers: Spared from Primaries

32 Number of current members of the Texas Legislature who have not had a primary opponent for their current office in at least eight years, despite an overall rise in the number of contested primaries for legislative seats. Ten members’ last primary challenge...

By the Numbers: O’Rourke Vs. History

38% Average share of the vote received by the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in a gubernatorial election cycle since 1990. U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) has scheduled a “major announcement” for Friday that most observers believe will serve as his formal entry...

By the Numbers: Abbott and Congress

11.99 Amount, in millions of dollars, that Gov. Greg Abbott reported having on hand as of December 31 in excess of the total cash on hand reported as of the same date by all 36 U.S. Representatives from Texas combined. Abbott reported having $34.4M on hand, the second...

By the Numbers: Prefiled Bill Record Set

1,142 Number of pre-filed House and Senate bills and joint resolutions as of December 31, 2016, the most ever pre-filed by this same point in time for any Texas legislative session. The number of pre-filed bills and joint resolutions this year is 31% above the...

By the Numbers: Congressional War Chests

7 Number of Texas U.S. representatives who exit the 2015-16 federal election cycle with more than $1M cash on hand. Post-general campaign finance reports were due late last week for federal candidates on the general election ballot. Seven of the state’s 36 incumbents...

By the Numbers: Foard County

6 Number of Democrats, all incumbents and unopposed, elected to county-level office in Foard Co. despite the fact that 48% of all votes cast there were straight-ticket Republican. Democratic Sheriff Mike Brown, County Attorney Marshall Capps, County Comms. Rick...

By the Numbers: HD47 in Play?

39 Percent of all straight-ticket Republican votes cast in Travis Co. in 2012 by residents of HD47. Travis Co. has been reliably blue in recent history as a whole, but portions of it are quite red. Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) received nearly 18K more votes than his...

By the Numbers: Suspense and Non-suspense

Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced that just over 15.1 million Texans are registered to vote for the general election, an increase of a little over 85K from his previous announcement. This includes nearly 1.7 million “suspense voters.” These are voters whose...

By the Numbers: Turning Counties Red

149 Number of counties where 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis received fewer votes than Democratic Gov. Allan Shivers received in his 1954 re-election bid. Texas was conservative but politically different 60 years ago. Shivers received 85% of the vote...