Certified Candidates: The state’s political parties were required to submit their certified lists of candidates to the Secretary of State yesterday. We have matched those final lists to our Crib Sheets. However, we have not yet received a final list of independent candidates who filed their declarations of intent with the Secretary of State.

Redistricting: At a January 5 conference, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if it will hear the state’s redistricting lawsuit. The state appealed a federal district court’s ruling invalidating two Texas congressional districts. In September, SCOTUS stayed that ruling and a separate ruling invalidating nine State House districts by 5-4 votes.

Population Estimates: Texas gained 400K residents in the last year, and 28.3 million people now call the Lone Star State home, according to new estimated released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas has gained about 3.2M residents since the 2010 census.

Around 20.9M Texans are at least 18 years of age, although not all of the state’s adults are eligible to vote. Despite strong population growth, the number of Texans who are registered to vote did not increase. As of November 2017, almost 15.1M Texans were registered to vote, which was the same number who were registered as of November 2016. See our analysis of how voter registrations have failed to keep pace with population growth.

Texas is projected to gain three Congressional seats after the 2020 census, the most of any state. A total of nine or 10 seats is expected to shift between states.

Ethics Commission: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) appointed Houston attorney Joseph Slovacek to the Texas Ethics Commission.

AG: The Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to hear the legal dispute over compensation for the prosecutors handling the state securities fraud criminal case against Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R).

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