Just a reminder that the 2020 candidate lists are still not yet official. While we await the final certifications of the Republican and Democratic Parties, we are also awaiting the Libertarian and Green candidate rosters and the list of independents who have filed their declarations of intent.
More Democratic legislators are facing primary challengers than Republican legislators for the first time since 2004. Unofficially, 29 Democratic incumbents have primary opponents compared to nine incumbent Republicans.
Fewer House Republicans are facing primary opposition that at any time since at least 2000. From 2012 to 2018, an average of 26 House Republicans had a primary opponent. So far this year, just nine House Republicans face a contested primary.
No Senate Republicans face a primary opponent for the second time in three election cycles and the fourth time since 2000. Two Senate Democrats have primary challengers, marking just the third time since 2000 that multiple Senate Democrats faced primary opposition.
HD100 open: Dallas nonprofit executive James Armstrong III, Dallas business owner Daniel Clayton former Dallas council member Sandra Crenshaw and Dallas attorney Jasmine Crockett all filed on the deadline day as Democrats. Armstrong is in the special runoff election against Lorraine Birabil. The other three unsuccessfully ran in the November special election. They join Dallas attorney Paul Stafford, who was ineligible for the special election but whose name was still on the ballot.
HD109: DeSoto attorney and 2018 Democratic candidate Christopher Graham filed on the deadline day to challenge Rep. Carl Sherman Jr. (D-DeSoto) in the Democratic primary. Graham received 6% of the vote in the 2018 primary.
HD113: Former Dallas Co. Justice of the Peace Bill Metzger has withdrawn from the Republican primary, leaving Will Douglas as the lone Republican challenging Rep. Rhetta Bowers (D-Rowlett).
CD23 open: Land Comm. George P. Bush (R) endorsed Tony Gonzales to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio).
CD28: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) released a list of more than 110 elected officials, mostly local, who have endorsed his re-election campaign. The list includes eight legislators, 25 county elected officials, 12 mayors and 30 school board members.
Houston: Saturday is the mayoral and council runoff election.
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