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SD30 special (Safe Republican): The Texas Oil & Gas Assoc. PAC endorsed Rep. Drew Springe (R-Muenster).

HD96 open (Toss Up): Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Republican nominee David Cook.

HD138 open (Lean Democratic): The Texas State Teachers Assoc. endorsed Democratic nominee Akilah Bacy.

PRES (Lean Republican): A new Morning Consult poll finds a 46%-46% tie between President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden in Texas. The poll of “likely voters” was conducted as part of a national survey and was in the field August 29-September 7. Consistent with the group’s polling, no additional details were provided.

SEN (Lean Republican): Both major-party candidates’ campaigns released new ads. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s (R) ad, “Untested,” highlights his efforts to reduce the rape test kit backlog.

Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar’s ad, “Helicopter,” telling the story of being shot down over Afghanistan.

SEN (2024): President Trump placed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) on his list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Cruz, who has previously expressed he is not interested in serving on the Court, said in a statement that he looks forward to serving in the Senate “for many years to come.” Former Texas Solicitor General and current Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Justice James Ho was also placed on the list.

CD7 (Lean Democratic): Republican challenger Wesley Hunt’s campaign released a new ad, “Daddy Duty,” focusing on healthcare.

CD31 (Lean Republican): A new poll from Democrat-aligned Public Policy Polling (PDF) shows U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) leading Democratic challenger Donna Imam, 43%-37%, with 10% supporting other candidates and 11% unsure. Trump leads Biden, 48%-47%, and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) leads M.J. Hegar (D), 48%-46%, in the district. The poll of 831 voters was in the field August 26-27. No margin of error was provided.

Voting Procedure Lawsuit: U.S. District Judge Jason Pulliam dismissed a lawsuit filed by voters, disability rights and voting rights groups seeking changes in current polling place procedures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The suit sought to modify in-person voting procedures “to ensure that polling sites are safe and of low risk to the health of all registered voters.” Among the policy changes requested are two additional weeks of early voting, all poll workers and voters must wear masks, restore mobile early voting locations, expand curbside voting eligibility, paper ballot options and prohibit closure of polling places on Election Day.

“The requests for relief do not appear unreasonable and can easily be implemented to ensure all citizens in the State of Texas feel safe and are provided the opportunity to cast their vote,” Pulliam wrote in his order. “This Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction to determine and impose remedy.”

Texas Presidential Polls

  • Trump 46, Biden 46 – Morning Consult (September) – LV
  • Trump 48, Biden 47 – Public Policy Polling (September) – V
  • Trump 48, Biden 46 – DMN/UT-Tyler (September) – LV
  • Biden 48, Trump 45 – Data for Progress (September) – LV
  • Trump 48, Biden 47 – Morning Consult (August) – LV
  • Biden 48, Trump 47 – Public Policy Polling (August) – V
  • Biden 47, Trump 45 – Global Strategy Group (August) – LV
  • Trump 48, Biden 41 – YouGov/THPF (August) – RV
  • Trump 49, Biden 43 – Trafalgar Group (August) – LV
  • Trump 47, Biden 46 – Morning Consult (August) – LV
  • Biden 47, Trump 45 – Morning Consult (July) – LV
  • Trump 49, Biden 45 – SPRY Strategies (July) – LV
  • Biden 45, Trump 44 – Quinnipiac Univ. (July) – RV
  • Trump 46, Biden 45 – CBS News/YouGov (July) – RV
  • Trump 46, Biden 44 – Gravis/OANN (July) – LV
  • Biden 48, Trump 43 – DMN/UT-Tyler (July) – LV
  • Trump 48, Biden 44 – UT/Texas Politics Project (July) – RV
  • Biden 45, Trump 44 – Fox News (June) – RV
  • Trump 48, Biden 46 – Public Policy Polling (June) – V
  • Trump 48, Biden 48 – Public Policy Polling (June) – V
  • Trump 44, Biden 43 – Quinnipiac Univ. (June) – RV
  • Trump 47, Biden 41 – Emerson (May) – RV
  • Trump 50, Biden 43 – Morning Consult (May) – LV
  • Trump 43, Biden 43 – DMN/UT-Tyler (May) – RV
  • Biden 47, Trump 46 – Public Policy Polling (April) – V
  • Trump 49, Biden 44 – UT/Texas Tribune (April) – RV
  • Trump 45, Biden 44 – DMN/UT-Tyler (March) – RV
  • Trump 49, Biden 45 – Marist Coll. (February) – RV
  • Trump 46, Biden 43 – Univision/Univ. of Houston (February) – RV
  • Biden 48, Trump 47 – CNN/SSRS (February) – RV
  • Trump 47, Biden 43 – UT/Texas Tribune (February) – RV
  • Trump 44, Biden 42 – DMN/UT-Tyler (February) – RV
  • Trump 51, Biden 46 – Texas Lyceum (January) – LV
  • Trump 48, Biden 47 – CNN/SSRS (December 2019) – RV
  • Trump 45, Biden 39 – DMN/UT-Tyler (November 2019) – RV
  • Trump 46, Biden 39 – UT/Texas Tribune (November 2019) – RV

Links go to our coverage or commentary on the polls. If there is no link, then we either did not see the poll or otherwise did not have enough information to report on it. Legend: LV-Likely Voters, RV-Registered Voters, V-Voters

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