LTGOV: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would seek re-election in 2018. Patrick also endorsed Gov. Greg Abbott for re-election (Abbott has not yet announced a re-election bid.), saying that he wanted to put to rest any “distraction” about Patrick’s potentially challenging Abbott (“Not in ’18, not ever.”). Patrick said his campaign will report having $13.6M on hand after raising more than $5 million during the last half of 2016. Semiannual campaign finance reports are due January 17.

HD46: Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) confirmed she will serve during the 85th Legislature. In September, Dukes announced she would resign when her term ended, citing health concerns. A field of candidates formed for what would have been a February special election.

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