Several conservative activists have filed suit challenging Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) order extending the early voting period by one week.

“This draconian order is contrary to the Texas spirit and invades the liberties the people of Texas protected in the constitution,” the suit argues. “If the courts allow this invasion of liberty, today’s circumstances will set a precedent for the future, forever weakening the protections Texans sacrificed to protect.”

The suit seeks to have Abbott’s July 27, 2020 order (PDF) and the provisions of Chapter 418, Government Code allowing Abbott to suspend laws declared unconstitutional.

Plaintiffs include Bryan Slaton, the Republican nominee for HD2; former Rep. Rick Green (R-Dripping Springs); the Texas Eagle Forum’s Cathie Adams; and Conservative Republicans of Texas’s Steven Hotze, who has filed other legal challenges to Abbott’s actions in recent months.

Withdrawal Deadline: Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline for general election candidates to withdraw (or be declared ineligible) and have their names removed from the ballot.

RRC open (Lean Republican): The campaign of Democratic nominee Chrysta Castañeda released an internal poll (PDF) showing her trailing Republican nominee Jim Wright, 37%-31%. Neither candidate is well known. Wright’s name ID is 26%, and Castañeda’s is 18%. The poll finds Democratic challenger Joe Biden leading President Trump, 47%-45%, in the state. Biden leads among independents, 37%-31%, for whom Trump’s favorability rating is 33/55.

The Global Strategy Group poll of 700 “likely” voters was conducted via live telephone interviews and online panels. It was in the field August 11-13 and has a ±3.7% margin of error.

HD92 open (Lean Republican): Libertarian candidate Chris Hibbard has withdrawn from the race.

CD7 (Lean Democratic): U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher’s (D-Houston) campaign released a new ad, “Your Part,” focusing on her efforts in Washington.

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