SEN: Politico’s James Arkin looked at the prospect of a “prolonged, fractious nomination fight” between U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio); M.J. Hegar, the 2018 Democratic nominee for CD31; and Houston council member Amanda Edwards. None of those candidates have announced their intentions to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R); all are considering the race.

In 2018, then-U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) spent a total of $4.2M heading into the March 6 primary election, which he won without a runoff against two little-known opponents. He would go on to spend $67.4M, or 94% of his total expenditures, for the general election, a 2.6-percentage point loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R). O’Rourke raised more money for that race than the combined amounts raised by every previous Democratic nominees for U.S. Senate going back to the creation of modern campaign contribution reporting requirements in 1975.

CD31: Temple resident John Bohlin amended his campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock). He previously indicated he would challenge U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) as a Republican, which itself was a change from his initial plan to challenge U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) in the Republican primary. Temple is located within CD31. Carter now has three announced primary challengers: Bohlin, Leander real estate investor Abhiram Garapati and Georgetown resident Michael H. Williams. Round Rock accountant Omar Kadir is the lone Democrat currently with a campaign committee for the race.

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