LTGOV: The campaign of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) released its first television ad, which focuses on boarder security and sanctuary cities. “Big city liberals want open borders,” Patrick said in the ad, “But I won’t back down.”

Also, the Texas Oil & Gas Assoc. PAC endorsed Patrick.

COMP: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Joi Chevalier for the Democratic nomination to face incumbent Glenn Hegar (R).

Trey Blocker


Comm. Sid Miller

Comm. Sid

AGRIC: Grassroots America We the People will host a debate between Comm. Sid Miller (R) and his primary opponent Trey Blocker on February 6 in Tyler. This race was not included in the group’s primary endorsement list (PDF), as of January 21.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News endorsed Blocker, and Miller was endorsed by the Texas Home School Coalition and the Central Texas Republican Assembly.

Elsewhere, the third Republican candidate, 2014 Democratic nominee Jim Hogan, was featured in his hometown paper. “Republican or Democrat, I’m a candidate, that’s what I am,” Hogan told the Cleburne Times-Review’s Monica Faram. “I’m a one-man show. I don’t ask for your endorsement, don’t ask for your money. All I ask is that you vote for me if you think I’m the person for the job.” Hogan said he would only serve one term if elected. “Heck, I’ll be 72 when I come out of there, and that’s enough,” he said.

RRC: Texas Values Action endorsed challenger Weston Martinez over Comm. Christi Craddick (R).

SD8 open: In a statement posted to his campaign’s Facebook page, Phillip Huffines called for the Angela Paxton campaign to end “a whisper campaign to question my pro-life credentials and Christian faith.” Earlier in the day, a Paxton campaign email to supporters accused Huffines of “dontat[ing] thousands to pro-abortion Democrats.”

HD23: Texas Values Action endorsed challenger Mayes Middleton over Rep. Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson).

HD55: Texas Values Action endorsed challenger Brandon Hall over Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple).

HD64: Citing family issues, Democratic candidate Matt Farmer has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Andrew Morris. Farmer’s name remains on the ballot.

HD122: Texas Values Action endorsed challenger Chris Fails over Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio).

CD3 open: Texas Values Action endorsed Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano).

CD5 open: Texas Values Action endorsed Bunni Pounds for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas).

CD16 open: The El Paso and Socorro chapters of the American Federation of Teachers endorsed Veronica Escobar for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso).

CD21 open: The Robert Stovall campaign released an advertisement depicting Stovall standing in a swamp pledging to help President Trump drain it.

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