Early voting in person continues through Friday for the July 14 primary runoff and special elections.

Through yesterday (Monday), the eighth day of the early voting period but only the fifth or sixth day polls were open, nearly 375K people had voted in the Democratic runoff (44% by mail) and 254K people had voted in the Republican runoff (35% by mail) statewide. Statewide turnout for the runoffs was 2.3% and 1.6% of registered voters, respectively. In 2018, about 435K people voted in each party’s runoff elections, both improvements over 2016, when 376K Republican and 187K Democratic runoff ballots were cast.

Runoff reports: We covered state runoff candidates’ latest campaign finance reports here, and our Crib Sheets have been updated.

AG: First Court of Appeals Judge Gordon Goodman has stayed a district judge’s order transferring the criminal trial of Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) back to Collin Co. Last month, District Judge Robert Johnson sided with Paxton’s attorneys, who were seeking to have the case moved back to Paxton’s home county from Harris Co., where it was transferred in 2017. Paxton was indicted on felony securities fraud charges 5 years ago. A similar federal case has been dismissed twice.

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