SD14 special: Interim Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe (D) endorsed Sarah Eckhardt, the former county judge he replaced, for the seat vacated by former Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin).
HD60 open: The Texas Forever Forward PAC endorsed Glenn Rogers in the Republican runoff over Jon Francis. The PAC is headed by former House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio).
CD17 open: Reps. Ben Leman (R-Iola) and John Raney (R-Bryan) endorsed Renee Swann in the Republican runoff over former U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas).
CD22 open: The campaign of Fort Bend Co. Sheriff Troy Nehls released a minute-long ad, “Kathaleen’s Campaign of Lies,” hitting back at runoff opponent Kathaleen Wall’s ad criticizing him on human trafficking.
I've taken extensive steps to crack down on human trafficking in Fort Bend County. Kathaleen Wall has done nothing but spread lies and fake news about me. Kathaleen – get on your horse and ride back to your home in the Galleria.
Posted by Sheriff Troy E. Nehls on Friday, June 19, 2020
CD23 open: The Congressional Black Caucus PAC endorsed Democratic nominee Gina Ortiz Jones.
ActBlue Contributions: More than 900K people donated to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign during May, sending him more than $27.6M for the month.
Texas campaigns receiving at least $50K from ActBlue for May:
- $394K – M.J. Hegar (SEN)
- $306K – Wendy Davis (CD21)
- $182K – Sri Preston Kulkarni (CD22 open)
- $159K – Sima Ladjevardian (CD2)
- $144K – Texas Democratic Party
- $142K – U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (CD32)
- $136K – Royce West (SEN)
- $123K – Gina Ortiz Jones (CD23 open)
- $92K – U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher (CD7)
- $70K – Pritesh Gandhi (CD10)
- $54K – Julie Oliver (CD25)
ActBlue generally has continued to see large volumes of small donations across its platform, suggesting that fundraising during the current period will not be as dramatically impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as we once suspected.
Hood Co.: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Jack Wilson, the man who stopped an active shooter in a White Settlement church, in the Republican runoff for county commissioner over Rep. Mike Lang (R-Granbury). In a statement, Lang said it was “the price you pay for standing up to a governor who legislates.”
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