Early voting has concluded in most jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 8 and continues in jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 15. Turnout in Dallas Co. inched about 6% with more than 50K ballots cast, nearly all in person. Today (Tuesday) was the highest voter total as just under 10K people voted in person. In San Antonio, just 20K fewer people have voted early in person (82K) for the runoff than voted in the May 4 election, including mail ballots and Election Day voters.
HD59: Stephenville business owner Cody Johnson and Stephenville attorney Shelby Slawson established campaign committees for potential challenges of Rep. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville). We were unable to determine Johnson’s partisan affiliation conclusively. Slawson unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Erath County Judge in 2018, losing to Alfonso Campos in a runoff, 55%-45%.
HD100: Dallas attorney Lorraine Birabil established a campaign committee for either a primary challenge of Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) or a potential special election for Johnson’s seat if he wins the Dallas mayoral runoff on Saturday.
HD114: Dallas higher education director Luisa Del Rosal announced she would challenge Rep. John Turner (D-Dallas) as a Republican.
CD10: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul released new ads, “Opiods” (below) and “Human Trafficking (link), highlighting his involvement in those issues.
CD24: Farmers Branch tax advisory firm executive and former Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD board member Richard Fleming established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Carrollton) as a Democrat. He is at least the 7th Democrat to take a formal step toward challenging Marchant (See our Crib Sheet for details.). Fleming unsuccessfully ran for Carrollton council P3 in 2018, losing to Pat Cochran, 52%-42%.
CD32: National Journal’s Ally Mutnick reported former U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) is mulling a comeback, which could pit him against former U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and potentially others, including former Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, in a hotly contested Republican primary. The eventual winner would face freshman U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas), who ousted Sessions last year. In the article, Sessions said he expected to be a candidate but was not ready to announce his plans. West said he will announce his plans early next month.
Houston: Former U.S. Rep. and 2014 mayoral candidate Chris Bell (D-Houston) endorsed Mayor Sylvester Turner’s re-election.
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