HD65 (Lean Democratic): The campaign of Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) released an internal poll showing the incumbent leading Republican challenger Kronda Thimesch, 52%-38%. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump, 55%-40%, in the district. The EMC Research poll of 400 “likely” voters was conducted via landlines and mobile devices. It was in the field August 5-9 and has a margin of error of ±4.9%.
HD113 (Lean Democratic): The campaign of Rep. Rhetta Bowers (D-Rowlett) released an internal poll (PDF) showing the incumbent leading Republican challenger Will Douglas, 53%-36%. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump, 57%-39%, in the district. The EMC Research poll of 405 “likely” voters was conducted via landlines and mobile devices. It was in the field July 29-August 2 and has a ±4.9% margin of error.
CD6 (Lean Republican): Club for Growth Action endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron Wright’s (R-Arlington) re-election bid. The group supported his 2018 primary race when it was an open seat.
CD23 open (Lean Democratic): On Facebook, Raul Reyes said he gained a net 8 votes in Bexar Co. after a recount of the runoff vote. Reyes said recounts would occur in Uvalde Co. today (Monday) and Val Verde Co. tomorrow (Tuesday). Tony Gonzales won the runoff by 46 votes pending the recount.
Cameron Co.: Sheriff Omar Lucio (D), who lost the Democratic primary to Eric Garza, endorsed Garza’s Republican opponent John Chambers, a former police chief.
Travis Co.: Republican precinct chairs have selected Austin attorney Michael Lovins as the party’s nominee for county judge. He faces Austin attorney and longtime Democratic activist Andy Brown in the November 3 special election. It does not appear that the Libertarian or Green Parties have nominated candidates. The deadline to name a nominee is August 24.
Local Elections: Today (Monday) was the deadline for candidates to file for election to local offices that were always scheduled to be held on November 3. These include elections in Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Laredo, Odessa, San Marcos, Wichita Falls and The Woodlands.
In Austin, council member Alison Alter faces at least six challengers. Incumbents Greg Casar, Jimmy Flannigan and Leslie Pool are opposed. It was unclear if the city’s candidate list was final since the time stamp was before the 5 p.m. deadline.
In Corpus Christi, Mayor Joe McComb faces nine challengers including at-large council member Paulette Guajardo and former council member and Nueces Co. Comm. Carolyn Vaughn. In El Paso, Mayor Dee Margo faces five challengers including former Mayor Oscar Leeser, who did not seek re-election after his first term. All four council incumbents seeking re-election face challengers.
In Odessa, term-limited Mayor David Turner is seeking an at-large council seat while three candidates, including former council member Javier Joven, seek his seat. In San Marcos, Mayor Jane Hughson faces four challengers including San Marcos Consolidated ISD board member Juan Miguel Arredondo.
In Wichita Falls, Mayor Stephen Santellana faces two challengers, and all incumbent council members on the ballot are being challenged. In The Woodlands, Chairman Gordy Bunch faces three challengers.
The filing period for offices for which elections were postponed to November from May did not reopen.
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