AGRIC: The Texas State Rifle Assoc., Texas Exotic Wildlife Assoc. and Texas Thoroughbred Assoc. endorsed Comm. Sid Miller, according to the campaign. The Texas Retailers Assoc. PAC endorsed challenger Trey Blocker.
HD98: In an unusual move, political consultant Luke Macias published a video to his firm’s Facebook page apologizing for helping elect Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) in 2012. According to campaign finance reports, Capriglione’s campaign made six payments to Macias Strategies totaling $21K between October 2011 and December 2012. It made two additional payments totaling $3K during the 2013 legislative session. Macias is a campaign consultant for Capriglione’s challenger Armin Mizani.
SEN: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) said he raised $2.4M during the quarter, and he will report having $4.6M on hand. For the year, O’Rourke has raised more than $6.6M, which is more than the last four Democratic nominees for U.S. Senate raised, from individuals other than themselves, combined (David Alameel provided $4.4M of his $4.5M in contributions.). U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is expected to report $1.9M in contributions for the quarter and $7.3M on hand. It would be the second straight quarter than O’Rourke as out-raised Cruz. Meanwhile, Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) was named statewide political director for the O’Rourke campaign.
CD3 open: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) in the Republican primary for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano).
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