Early voting has ended for the May 5 uniform and special elections. Saturday is Election Day.
HD46 open: Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas), chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, endorsed Chito Vela in the Democratic runoff over Sheryl Cole.
HD62 open: The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas PAC endorsed Reggie Smith in the Republican runoff over Brent Lawson.
JD59: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) appointed former Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) to the vacant 59th Judicial District. Phillips is the lone remaining candidate for the seat, barring a write-in candidacy, after winning a three-way Republican primary outright. Phillips’s resignation from the House became effective yesterday, paving the way for this appointment.
SEN: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) has proposed a series of six debates, including two in Spanish, to the campaign of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R). The Cruz campaign is considering the proposal, and Cruz has said he is open to debating O’Rourke. Six years ago, a potential Spanish-language debate between Cruz and then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) was floated but never occurred.
CD5 open: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) in the Republican runoff over Bunni Pounds. The paper previously endorsed former Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R-Mesquite) in the Republican primary.
CD6 open: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Jake Ellzey in the Republican runoff over former Tarrant Co. Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright. The paper also endorsed Ellzey in the primary.
CD21 open: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) stumped for Republican runoff candidate Chip Roy, who Cruz has previously endorsed, at a New Braunfels rally tonight.
Tarrant Co.: Bill Brandt was appointed Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 by the Tarrant Co. Commissioners Court. Brandt, the Republican nominee for the post, succeeds Russ Casey, who resigned last week after pleading guilty to tampering with a government record stemming from his use of forged signatures to secure a spot on the primary ballot. No Democrat filed for the race.
Lubbock ISD: Amanda Lee Banks, a candidate for an at-large position on the school board, turned herself in today to be booked on a charge of insurance fraud just days before the election. According to reports, Banks filed 21 insurance claims in the last decade. The warrant claimed about $8K in fraudulent claims, not including $11K in claims denied by her insurer.
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