HD68 special: Early voting concluded yesterday (Tuesday) for Saturday’s special election. A total of 3,756 people voted in person (90%) or by mail (10%) through that day, representing 3.7% of registered voters across the 22 counties.

The five largest counties – Cooke (871 voters), Montague (621), Jack (608), Young (582) and Wilbarger (333) – accounted for 80% of the early vote total. Jason Brinkley (R) is from Cooke Co. John Berry (R) and David Spiller (R) are from Jack Co., where 11.5% of registered voters have already cast ballots, highest in the district. Craig Carter (R) is from Montague Co. Just 38 people have voted in Childress Co., home of Charles Gregory (D), and the 1.0% turnout there is the second lowest in the district (Hall Co. – 0.9%).

We will provide live results and analysis beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday at txelects.com/live.

The Texas Parent PAC endorsed Spiller, a Jacksboro ISD trustee.

AG: In a statement posted to Twitter, Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) said he would be a “major check against the [Biden] administration’s lawlessness.”

Paxton is leading a multistate lawsuit against Google alleging violations of antitrust and consumer protection laws. He also demanded several tech companies provide their policies and content moderation practices, setting up a potential suit over de-platforming.

Fort Worth: U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) endorsed council member Brian Byrd for mayor.

Census: President Biden issued an executive order directing the population report used for apportioning the U.S. House of Representatives to count “the whole number of persons whose usual residence was in each State … without regard to immigration status,” reversing a policy the Trump Administration put in place but could not implement. The report, which was due December 31, has been delayed because of “irregularities” in the data.

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