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GOV: The Dallas Morning News reiterated its endorsement of Andrew White over Democratic runoff opponent Lupe Valdez. The paper endorsed White before the primary.
Meanwhile, Democratic groups planning a debate between White and Valdez cannot use the University of Texas at Austin as a venue. In a statement, a university spokesman said, “UT rules do not permit external groups to host debates … and do not allow student organizations to serve as conduits for outside groups to organize such events.”
HD13 open: In a daily pre-election report, the Ben Leman campaign reported raising an additional $17K, including $11K in kind from Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and $4K in kind from Associated Republicans of Texas Campaign Fund. The Jill Wolfskill campaign reported a $10K contribution from Empower Texans PAC, the group’s first direct investment in the race.
SEN: On the Mark Davis radio show this morning, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said he would not agree to Spanish-language debates proposed by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso). Cruz said most Texans do not speak Spanish, and his “Spanish is lousy.”
CD3 open: The Dallas Morning News reiterated its endorsement of Lorie Burch over Democratic runoff opponent Sam H. Johnson. The paper endorsed Burch before the primary.
CD5 open: The Lance Gooden campaign released a pair of new ads. The first features a group of elderly voters discussing his stance on issues, and the second focuses on draining the swamp.
CD6 open: The Dallas Morning News reiterated its endorsement of Ruby Faye Woolridge over Democratic runoff opponent Jana Lynne Sanchez. The paper endorsed Woolridge before the primary and previously endorsed her in 2016.
CD32: The Dallas Morning News reiterated its endorsement of Colin Allred over Democratic runoff opponent Lillian Salerno. The paper endorsed Allred before the primary.
Gregg Co.: An election contest alleging illegal vote harvesting was tossed after visiting Judge Jack Carter ruled it was not timely filed. The judge rejected Kasha Williams’s argument that a post-recount canvass should have restarted the clock for filing the suit. The decision affirms Shannon Brown’s Democratic primary win for county commissioner P4.
Starr Co.: The results of two contested Democratic primary races will stand, visiting Judge Joel Johnson ruled. Letty Garza Galvan, an unsuccessful candidate for Starr County Judge, and Martie Garcia Vela, an unsuccessful candidate for the 229th Judicial District, brought the suit alleging the final canvass did not reflect the true results of their primary races. Johnson ruled that the plaintiffs did not prove their claims with clear and convincing evidence. The judge found that election officials did not follow every rule and procedure, but he decided “while not perfect, [the election] was conducted within a zone of reasonable certainty.” Jerad Najvar, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, said they are reviewing the ruling and awaiting a ruling on a related federal lawsuit.
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