Abbott Orders Special Elections for HD79, HD145

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered January 29 special elections to fill vacant HD79 and HD145, triggered by the resignation of Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) and the promotion of Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston). Candidates must file with the Secretary of State by January 3....

By the Numbers: Special Election Turnout

6.8% Average turnout for special legislative and congressional elections and runoffs not coinciding with an even-year general election since 2013. In the last five years, special elections have been ordered to fill vacancies for 15 legislative and one congressional...

Four File for Abbreviated Race to Succeed Garcia

Four candidates filed for the December 11 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. and now U.S. Rep.-elect Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston): Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) Houston nurse Martha Fierro (R), a Republican precinct chair and former field...

$2.5B Bond Passed by 6% of Harris County Voters

On Saturday, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, a $2.5B bond to fund flooding infrastructure projects passed overwhelmingly, 86%-14%, despite having fewer than 130K people – less than 6% of all registered voters in the county – vote for it. Fewer...

Flores, Gallego Advance to SD19 Runoff

Buoyed by a strong Election Day surge, Republican Pete Flores vaulted two high-profile Democrats into first place in the SD19 special election. He’ll face former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine), whose prior representation of the district’s far flung...

SD19 Special Election Analysis

Former Sen. Carlos Uresti’s (D-San Antonio) resignation following his conviction on felony corruption charges triggered a special election to fill his unexpired term. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) decided the district should not wait until November to have “effective...

CD27: Nine File for Emergency Special Election

Nine candidates have filed for the emergency special election to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi): Roy Barrera (D), also a candidate in the Democratic runoff Bech Bruun (R), also a candidate in the Republican runoff...