Filing for partisan nomination or an independent candidacy for the 2022 general election continues through December 13.

GOV (Likely R): In a video, actor Matthew McConaughey announced that a run for governor is a “path I am choosing not to take.” He said he would continue to support people and organizations that are “creating pathways for people to succeed in life.” McConaughey had been coy about which political party’s nomination, if any, he might have chosen to seek, offering few insights into his political stance or policy preferences.

In a recent poll, McConaughey was preferred over Gov. Greg Abbott (R) or Beto O’Rourke (D), likely because of his outsider status and the lack of information about his politics. This is consistent with past polls showing generic Democrats being preferred over Republican candidates, but every specific Democrats does not poll as well.

HD34 (Likely D): Former Nueces Co. Commissioner Carolyn Vaughn and 2020 Republican nominee James Hernandez filed as Republicans to challenge Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Robstown). Vaughn, who is also a former Corpus Christi council member, lost a 2020 race for mayor (17%). Hernandez received 41% of the vote in 2020 against Herrero.

Subscribers can read the rest of this report.

©2021 Texas Election Source LLC