Schubert Resigning: Rep. Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell) announced he would resign effective February 4 to join Blinn College in its legal affairs office. A special election will be held to fill Schubert’s unexpired term. It is highly unlikely that it will coincide with the March 6 primary.

LAND: An internal poll released by the George P. Bush campaign in an email to supporters shows the incumbent leading former Land Comm. Jerry Patterson, 57%-4%. The other two candidates in the race – Davey Edwards and Rick Range – each polled around 1%. That would leave around 37% undecided. Suffice it to say, the three challengers disputed the poll’s accuracy.

Angela Paxton

Angela Paxton

Phillip Huffines


SD8 open: The Phillip Huffines campaign and Empower Texans criticized Angela Paxton’s endorsement by the “liberal” Texas Assoc. of Business. “This organization has embarrassed themselves in recent years, bending over backwards to radical leftists and opposing conservatives,” Huffines said in a statement included in an Empower Texans blog post. “I hope Angela immediately abandons the support of an organization that has showed itself to be deeply out of step with Texas Republicans.” In the same post, the Paxton campaign said she did not seek the business group’s endorsement and claimed Huffines was upset he did not receive it. “Perhaps they learned of Mr. Huffines’ previous campaign donations to liberal Democrats.” In a statement, the PAC said both candidates met with the its board, tweeted the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek.

HD13 open: Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans endorsed Jill Wolfskill for the seat being vacated by Rep. Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell).

CD29 open: Emily’s List endorsed Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston).

CD32: Emily’s List endorsed Lillian Salerno in the Democratic primary to face U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas).

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