Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called a special election for May 5, the uniform election day, to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell), who resigned. Candidates must file by March 5, which is the day before the primary election. Early voting begins April 23.

The timing of the election relative to the primary and runoff elections could result in different people winning the unexpired term and winning the primary election. This happened in 2016 with HD120. In that case, the eventual primary winner was ineligible to run in the special election, permitting Laura Thompson (I-San Antonio) to become the first independent candidate to win a seat in the Texas Legislature since 1936.

That said, the timing of the election is largely beyond Abbott’s control.

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