With federal and state campaign finance reporting periods now closed, and the Independence Day weekend upon us, we anticipate a significant number of new candidates to announce their plans and file campaign paperwork over the next few weeks.

GOV: San Antonio hospice chaplain and 2016 Democratic nominee for CD21 (36%) Tom Wakely said via Twitter that he was “considering running as a Berniecrat for Texas Governor.” As far as we can tell, he is the first Democrat to indicate he may challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R). Last month, Wakely dropped out of the crowded Democratic primary race for CD21 and endorsed Rixi Melton.

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