Early voting in person concluded today. Turnout in the state’s 15 most populous counties creeped past 2% by the end of yesterday. Through the first 11 days of early voting, less than 200K people voted in those counties out of 9.8M registered voters. This is less than half the number of people who voted through 11 days of early voting in 2015. Tuesday is the general election. We will have live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. that evening.
Filing for federal, state and county offices on the ballot in 2018 begins a week from tomorrow.
SD25: Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) tweeted that she has “no plans to seek” the CD21 seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) and is “firmly committed to serving the people of Texas in the Texas Senate.” Meanwhile, San Antonio resident and Democratic precinct chair Jack Guerra established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Campbell.
HD83: Lubbock businessman and radio host Jay Leeson tweeted that he picked up a candidate packet for HD83 from the Lubbock Co. Republican Party headquarters, signaling a potential primary challenge of Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock). Leeson considered challenging Burrows in 2016 but ultimately did not enter the race. Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) endorsed Burrows.
HD84: Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) endorsed Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock).
HD89 open: Plano resident and 2016 Democratic nominee Denise Hamilton re-established her campaign committee for a potential race for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Wylie). We previously reported that Hamilton had established an ActBlue fundraising page and web site for the race. She received 33% of the vote against Laubenberg in 2016.
HD113 open: Garland businessman and combat veteran Charlie Lauersdorf announced he would seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale) as a Republican. We previously reported that he formed a campaign committee for the race.
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