SEN: Political commentator Matthew Dowd has decided against challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as an independent. Dowd faced nearly impossible odds of winning as an independent facing headwind of Texans’ high rate of straight-party voting.

CD32: Dallas “unsettling literature” author Todd Maternowski filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) as a Democrat. The description of his literary works comes from his Twitter page. He is at least the eighth Democrat to take a formal step toward running for the seat.

El Paso: Mayor Oscar Leeser and six council members (or members-elect) endorsed former Rep. Dee Margo (R-El Paso), who faces David Saucedo in the mayoral runoff.

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