GOV: Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez has accepted an invitation to debate Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on October 8, a Monday, in Houston, and she challenged Abbott to join her. Abbott has previously agreed to a debate in Austin on September 28, a Friday. It previously appeared that Valdez had accepted the September 28 date, but she objected to its Friday evening timing at that time. She also requested that some questions be asked in Spanish. Now it appears that neither debate has both candidates on board.

AGRIC: Democratic challenger Kim Olson has revised her cash-on-hand figure downward in a corrected July semiannual report. Her initial report showed her having more cash on hand than Comm. Sid Miller (R). The revised report shows her slightly behind him, $138K to $137.

SD19 special: Early voting continues for the special election to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). In Bexar Co., 1,227 people have voted early in person in Bexar Co. through the first three days, which we estimate to be less than 0.5% of registered voters. This total does not include voters who cast their ballots by mail. Meanwhile, the Eagle Pass News Leader endorsed former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine).

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