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.

Lamesa: A special election will be held in November because the winner of a city council race is declining to serve. Willie Ortiz, who received 76% of the vote against two opponents, announced he would not serve, but his announcement came after early voting concluded.

San Antonio: Former council member Keith Toney endorsed incumbent council member Alan Warrick. Toney finished third in the four-way race with 23% of the vote. Warrick received 41% and faces Cruz Shaw (28%) in the runoff. Shaw accused Toney of wanting money to clear his campaign debt in exchange for an endorsement. Toney denied the accusation.

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