Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans released a series of legislative primary endorsements focusing on challengers and open-seat races.

HD2: The group endorsed challenger Bryan Slaton in his rematch against Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van). The group previously endorsed Slaton in the 2016 primary and contributed more than $65K to his campaign, which comprised more than one third of his total campaign contributions.

HD8 open: The group endorsed Thomas McNutt. The group previously endorsed him in his 2016 primary against Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) and contributed $149K to his campaign.

HD15 open: The group endorsed former Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) in the race to succeed Rep. Matt Keough (R-The Woodlands), who is running for county office. The group previously endorsed Toth for his successful 2012 primary challenge against former Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) and for his unsuccessful 2014 special election race for SD4. The group contributed $25K to Toth’s campaign in June.

HD23: The group endorsed challenger Mayes Middleton in his primary against Rep. Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson). Middleton is a board member of the Empower Texans Foundation.

HD47: The group endorsed challenger Jay Wiley in his rematch against Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin). The group previously endorsed Wiley in 2016 and contributed $37K to his campaign.

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