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HD134 (Lean Democratic): The campaign of Democratic challenger Ann Johnson released an internal poll showing Johnson leading Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston), 44%-42%. Davis’s job performance rating is 32/32. The poll shows presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading President Trump, 57%-39%, in the district. The Lake Research Partners poll of 400 “likely voters” was conducted by live interviewers over landlines and mobile lines. It was in the field August 3-6 and has a ±4.9% margin of error.

CD22 open (Toss Up): Fort Bend Co. Sheriff Troy Nehls (R) and Sri Kulkarni are tied, 39%-39%, according to a new poll released by U.S. Term Limits. Nehls’s favorability rating is 39/20, and Kulkarni’s is 30/23. President Trump’s job approval rating in the district is 43/55 (27/47 “strongly” approving or disapproving). The poll of 500 “registered voters” was conducted online by RMG Research. It was in the field July 27-August 2 and has a margin of error of ±4.5%.

CD23 open (Lean Democratic): The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assoc. PAC endorsed Tony Gonzales.

Filing Deadline: Today (Thursday) was the deadline for independent candidates to file their application for a place on the ballot and sufficient signatures – generally 1% of gubernatorial voters from the applicable district up to a maximum of 500 – from voters. Independent candidates had to file their declarations of intent during the regular filing period last year. Historically, very few of these candidates collect sufficient signatures to be certified for the general election ballot at the state level.

Corpus Christi: Council member Paulette Guajardo announced she would challenge Mayor Joe McComb. She joins Nueces Co. Comm. Carolyn Vaughn and five other challengers, including retiree Pancho Villa.

Round Rock: A unanimous city council reversed itself and will hold mayoral and council elections on November 3. The elections were postponed from May. Last month, the council voted to postpone them further to May 2021.

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