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.

HD126: Houston minister and author Undrai Fizer established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston) as a Democrat.

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