HD8: Corsicana bakery owner Thomas McNutt intends to seek a rematch against Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), who defeated McNutt by 225 votes in the 2016 Republican primary. Cook out-raised his opponent, $1.0M to $452K, and outspent him, $1.4M to $472M. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans and some of its connected donors accounted for more than half of McNutt’s fundraising during his 2016 challenge.
Since 2002, there have been 35 rematches of primary elections for legislative seats. The loser of the most recent match-up has won 13 of those rematches (37%). Six of those 13 were former legislators seeking to reclaim seats from those who unseated them.
SEN: U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) said he would take a few more weeks before deciding whether to run against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R).
CD3 open: Allen business owner Adam Bell, who lost the 2016 general election to U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano), 61%-35%, announced he would again run for the seat again.
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