LTGOV: Democratic challenger Mike Collier’s campaign announced he raised around $500K during the last half of 2017 and will report around $143K on hand. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) has not yet released fundraising totals. He raised nearly $4M during the last 12 days of June and reported a war chest of more than $16M as of June 30.

SD8 open: The Phillip Huffines campaign announced he raised nearly $1.1M during the second half of 2017. He faces Angela Paxton for the Republican nomination to succeed Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano), who is running for CD3.

HD80: The Texas Supreme Court denied former Webb County Judge Danny Valdez’s petition to be placed on the Democratic primary ballot.

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