Vela Out of SD14 Race and Other Brief News for March 17

SD14 special: Attorney Chito Vela III announced he would not seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Auston) and would instead run for Austin council if council member Greg Casar vacates his seat to run for SD14. Casar would automatically resign from the...

Candidate Announcement and Other News for November 12

Filing for the 2020 election is underway. Our Crib Sheets have up-to-date filing status of the candidates we are tracking. At least 141 candidates have already filed. HD51: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) announced he would seek re-election to a 10th term. HD74 open:...

By the Numbers: Local Election Turnout

9% Average turnout since 1999 in Dallas Co. for an odd-year May election for which the mayor of Dallas is on the ballot. Voter turnout in Texas is low, compared to other states, even under the best of circumstances. About 53% of registered voters cast ballots in the...

Election Day for SD6 and Other News for December 10

Election Day: Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day in SD6 and several local jurisdictions holding special and runoff elections. We’ll have live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CST at https://txelects.wpengine.com/live/. Races we’ll be following include: SD6 special...

Talarico Sworn in and Other News for November 20

HD52: Rep. James Talarico (D-Round Rock) was sworn in today to fill the remainder of former Rep. Larry Gonzales’s (R-Round Rock) unexpired term. Talarico won the special election on the same day he was elected to a full term beginning in January. HD108: The Secretary...

Endorsement News for October 11

GOV: Humorist Kinky Friedman, himself a former independent candidate for the state’s highest office, endorsed Libertarian nominee Mark Tippetts. “They still try to screw the Libertarians and independents,” Friedman said in a statement. “Ironically, most Texans are...

Ads, Endorsements, Polls and News for September 24

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. October 9 is the deadline for Texans to register to vote to participate in November 6 general election. GOV: The campaign of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) released a new ad, “Keeping Texans Safe,” focused on border security and...

Six File as Write-ins and Other News for August 21

Six individuals filed applications and signatures with the Secretary of State for congressional and legislative offices. CD3 open: Jeff Simmons CD5: Phil Gray CD16 open: Sam Williams CD29 open: Johnathan Garza HD109 open: Casey Littlejohn HD138: Demetrius Walker Later...

Clardy Files for Speaker and Other News for August 20

Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission establishing his Speaker campaign. He is the fifth member of the House to do so, joining Reps. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), Phil King (R-Weatherford), Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and John...