DCCC Targets 3 Texas Districts

In a memo titled, “House Democrats Playing Offense,” the federal Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced three Texas congressional seats are among its “round one” targets for 2018: CD7, a district entirely within Harris Co. held by U.S. Rep. John...

By the Numbers: Congressional War Chests

7 Number of Texas U.S. representatives who exit the 2015-16 federal election cycle with more than $1M cash on hand. Post-general campaign finance reports were due late last week for federal candidates on the general election ballot. Seven of the state’s 36 incumbents...

Campaign News for November 4

SEN: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) said at a Texas Tribune event that he is considering challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 or U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. O’Rourke, a supporter of term limits, has pledged to leave office after four terms. His fourth term...

‘Late-train’ Money Flooding CD23, Little Else

With so many Texans voting early in general elections and a paucity of competitive races, the impact of “late-train” money in close campaigns is muted. As a result, we are seeing fewer, and smaller, infusions of cash and in-kind contributions during the campaigns’...

Straight-ticket Voting Trends in CD23

Our exploration of straight-ticket voting trends in competitive or potentially competitive districts turns at long last to CD23, the state’s lone competitive congressional district and one of only a handful of swing districts nationally. CD23 sprawls across 29...

Campaign News for October 27

PRES: We have a little more detail on the UT/Texas Tribune poll released at midnight on Thursday. The poll shows “likey voters” give Donald Trump a 3-point lead over Hillary Clinton, 45%-42%, with minor party candidates and “someone else” collectively polling at 14%....

Hurd, Galleo Debate in San Antonio

In a live debate hosted by KSAT-TV in San Antonio, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) and former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) clashed over health care, border security, Donald Trump and various claims and accusations lobbed at each other through the campaign. It...

Campaign News for October 21

Early voting in person begins Monday. PRES: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board did not endorse a candidate but recommended “rejecting Donald Trump for president.” AG: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has re-filed civil charges against AG Ken...

Ads and Endorsement News for October 19

RRC: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Libertarian Mark Miller. HD107: The Kenneth Sheets campaign released a new ad, “Choice,” which draws distinctions between him and his challenger, including a claim her “million-dollar home” lies outside the district....