GOV: On the day Gov. Greg Abbott formally announced his plans to seek re-election, Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne announced he would seek the Democratic nomination and pledged to loan his campaign $2.5M. He is the second Democrat to take a formal step toward running, joining Houston electronics businessman Joe Mumbach, and the third to announce he was exploring the race, joining Tom Wakely, a San Antonio Air Force veteran who ran unsuccessfully for CD21 in 2016.

HD18: Liberty attorney Wes Hinch has named a new treasurer for his campaign account for a potential primary rematch against Rep. Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd) as a Republican. Hinch unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican nomination for what was an open seat in 2016, receiving 21% of the vote. However, he has filed campaign finance reports regularly since the 2016 primary, suggesting this may be purely an administrative filing. We found no social media or other web-based evidence that Hinch is actively running for the seat.

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