Yesterday (Monday) was the deadline to file for partisan nomination or independent candidacy for statewide, legislative, congressional and county offices on the 2022 general election ballot. Today (Tuesday) was the deadline to withdraw that application. Our Crib Sheets have the latest known status of more than 1,000 candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional offices. It will take at least a week for all filings to be reported, so expect additional challengers and open-seat candidates will emerge despite being past the deadline.

Republican Targets: The Associated Republicans of Texas released a list of 10 targeted House seats, most of which are in South Texas:

  • HD31 (Likely R) held by Rep. Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City), who recently switched parties
  • HD34 (Likely D) held by Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Robstown)
  • HD35 (Likely D) held by Rep. Oscar Longoria (D-Mission)
  • HD37 open (Lean D), a Cameron Co.-based seat
  • HD41 (Likely D) held by Rep. Bobby Guerra (D-Mission)
  • HD52 open (Lean R), a Williamson Co.-based seat
  • HD65 open (Likely R), a Denton Co.-based seat
  • HD70 open (Toss Up), a Collin Co.-based seat
  • HD74 (Lean D) held by Rep. Eddie Morales (D-Eagle Pass); and
  • HD118 (Toss Up) held by Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio), who recently won a special runoff election for the seat for a second time.

Conspicuously absent from the list is HD80 (Toss Up), which is held by Rep. Tracy King (D-Uvalde). In a stunning failure of candidate recruitment, no Republican filed for the seat.

SD11 open (Likely R): Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) endorsed Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville) to succeed the retiring Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood).

HD114 open (Safe D): Former U.S. Rep. John Bryant (D-Dallas) filed as a Democrat for the state House seat being vacated by Rep. John Turner (D-Dallas). Bryant served 14 years in Congress following nearly a decade in the state House.

HD122 open (Likely R): Former Bexar Co. District Attorney Nico LaHood, who was a Democrat while in office, opted against running in the Republican primary for the seat being vacated by Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio). LaHood endorsed former Bexar Co. Republican chair Mark Dorazio.

CD7 (Likely D): Businessman Muhammad Javed withdrew from the Democratic primary, leaving U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston) unopposed for their party’s nomination. Houston media executive Centrell Reed had previously withdrawn from the race and instead filed for new CD38 (Safe R). Fletcher will face one of at least seven Republicans who filed for the race and likely one or more minor party candidates in the general election.

Edinburg: Mayor Richard Molina was ousted by former city manager Ramiro Garza Jr., 53%-47%, in the mayoral runoff election.

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