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Bo French


Rep. Charlie Geren

Rep. Charlie Geren

HD99: Fort Worth security solutions businessman and 2016 primary challenger Bo French announced he would seek a rematch against Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth), who defeated French, 58%-42%. Their primary race was one of the most expensive in the state. Geren out-raised French, $1.3M to $546K, and outspent him, $1.7M to $580K.

HD138: Houston consultant Jenifer Rene Pool filed in the Democratic primary to challenge Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston). She ran unsuccessfully for Harris Co. Commissioner P3 in 2016 (42%) and for at-large positions on the Houston council in 2015 (9%), 2013 (17%) and 2011 (7%). Her 2016 Democratic primary win is believed to be the first for a transgender candidate in Texas.

Grassroots America: Tyler-based conservative group Grassroots America We The People issued a series of endorsements in Republican primary races:

  • SD2 – Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood)
  • HD2 – Challenger Bryan Slaton over Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van)
  • HD8 open – Thomas McNutt
  • HD9 – Challenger Garrett Boersma over Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall)
  • HD11 – Challenger Danny Ward over Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches)
  • HD18 – Challenger Emily Cook over Rep. Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd)
  • HD23 – Challenger Mayes Middleton over Rep. Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson); and
  • CD3 open – Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano).

The group has indicated that it would support all members of the House Freedom Caucus for re-election. The group previously endorsed McNutt and Slaton for their unsuccessful 2016 primary challenges.

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