Early Voting has ended for the May 7 local elections and the HD120 and HD139 special elections.
- HD139: A total of 200 people voted in person and another 1,173 ballots by mail were returned during the nine-day early voting period.
- In Bexar Co., a total of 7,374 people have voted in person during the nine-day early voting period. This total includes elections that are not part of HD120, and it is not possible to tell at this point what the HD120 early turnout was.
- In Travis Co., a total of 57,976 people voted in person or by mail during the nine-day early voting period. Most of those voters are Austin residents voting on the ridesharing companies’ proposition. Thus far, at least 11% fewer people have voted on Prop 1 than signed the petition that put it on the ballot.
- In Lubbock Co., a total of 16,500 people voted during the nine-day early voting period. This is almost double the 2014 total and 8% more than in 2012.
PRES: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign after Donald Trump won all 57 delegates in the Indiana primary. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he would endorse Trump, adding that Republicans should remember that the “real opponent” is likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
SD24 open: The Dawn Buckingham campaign announced the endorsement of two Republican county chairs from Rep. Susan King’s (R-Abilene) HD71: Taylor Co. chair Nick Coates and Jones Co. chair W.B. Harrison.
HD128: The Wayne Smith campaign released a new video, “Port Security,” featuring Baytown Mayor Stephen Don Carlos discussing Smith’s efforts to protect “our port from terrorists and other security threats.”
CD19 open: The National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 endorsed Glen Robertson.