HD125 special: Early voting began today (Monday) for the special runoff election between Fred Rangel and former San Antonio council member Ray Lopez. A total of 845 people voted in person on the first day. It took four days  to reach this total for last month’s special election. Bexar Co. does not release the number of mail ballots until Election Day.

Meanwhile, runoff campaign finance reports were due from the candidates today (Monday). We expect those reports to be available online tomorrow (Tuesday).

HD145 special: The runoff election between Houston funeral home executive Christina Morales and former Houston council member Melissa Noriega is tomorrow (Tuesday). Our live coverage will begin at 7 p.m. CST at txelects.com/live. Morales reported $6K in contributions, all from Latino Democratic PAC, in a daily pre-election report. Noriega reported a $1.5K contribution from Houston homebuilder Richard Weekley in a daily pre-election report.

UT/TT Poll: The latest Univ. of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows Texans remain generally pleased at the job performance of Gov. Greg Abbott (R), whose approval rating is 51/32 (+19), virtually unchanged from October. A third of respondents strongly approve of his job performance. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) has a 42/31 (+11) rating, virtually unchanged from October. Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) polled at 26/16 (+10).

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