CD2: Seven-term U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble) announced he would not seek re-election. He is the fourth Republican incumbent from Texas to announce his retirement, joining U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas), Sam Johnson (R-Plano) and Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio). U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) is leaving his seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R).

HD8 open: Palestine real estate broker Cody Harris announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana). Streetman business developer and college instructor Linda Timmerman is also considering a run for the Republican nomination. Former Gov. Rick Perry (R) appointed Timmerman to the Family and Protective Services Council in 2013. She is also a past president and board member of the Trinity River Authority. Meanwhile, the Thomas McNutt campaign released more local endorsements, bringing his list to 70 who have publicly endorsed him.

HD55: Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple) will kick off his re-election campaign Thursday in Temple.

CD5 open: Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) announced he would remain in the Texas Senate and not seek the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas). “I am confident that I can best serve in the Texas Senate,” Hughes said in a statement. “Now is not the time for me to leave.”

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