The campaign of Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) teased that it has scheduled a “BIG Campaign Announcement” for Saturday at its new campaign office in San Antonio. He is widely expected to announce a challenge of Sen. Pete Flores (R-San Antonio). Gutierrez unsuccessfully sought the seat in a 2018 special election necessitated by the resignation of former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). Gutierrez came in third with 24%, missing the runoff between eventual winner Flores (34%) and former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (29%).

Relative to the state, the precincts comprising SD19 have been slowly becoming more friendly to Republicans in general elections, moving from 15 points bluer than the state as a whole in 2002 to just 9 points bluer in 2018. The average statewide Democratic candidate received 55% of the vote, measured head-to-head against the Republicans, in 2018, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) carried the district over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), 57%-42%, and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez edged out Gov. Greg Abbott (R), 50%-48%. In 2016, Hillary Clinton (D) carried the district over Donald Trump (R), 53%-42%.

San Antonio business development manager and former council member Jennifer Ramos, who was an aide to Gutierrez when he was a San Antonio council member, and San Antonio business owner Liz Campos, Uresti’s former chief of staff, have already established campaign committees for Gutierrez’s House seat.

Early voting concludes tomorrow for the November 5 constitutional amendment, general and special elections.

One Texas PAC: Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) announced his One Texas PAC would aim “to bring a Democratic majority to the Texas House of Representatives.” Martinez Fischer said he would match the first $100K in contributions. Martinez Fischer first registered the PAC in 2012. Over its history, it has collected nearly $475K in contributions but just $10K since 2015.

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