Castro Suspends Campaign and Other News for January 2

Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination. “It simply isn’t our time,” he said in a video message to supporters, noting that there was only a month left before the Iowa caucuses and “the circumstances of this...

One Week Left to File and Other News for December 2

One week remains for candidates to file for spots on the March 2020 primary ballot and minor party nominating conventions. See our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. There are 30 incumbents that we expect are seeking re-election for whom we have not seen...

Candidate and Local Election News for July 10

HD10 open: Waxahachie title company executive Ryan Pitts, son of former Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), announced he would seek his father’s old seat, which is being vacated by the retiring Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie). Midlothian business owner and former Naval...

Congressional Challenger and Local Election News for May 12

CD14: Dickinson Democratic activist Sanjanetta Barnes established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Pearland) as a Democrat. 705459 CD26: Denton attorney Neil Durrance established a campaign committee for a potential challenge...

Candidate and Local Election News for April 8

CD7: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston) announced she raised $515K during the first quarter and has nearly $550K on hand as of March 31. More than 70% of funds raised were from “Houston-area residents.” CD10: The campaign of Democratic challenger...

Turnout and Candidate News for March 6

HD125 special: Through three days of early voting, a total of 2,832 people have voted in person. It took all 12 days of early voting to reach that figure heading into last month’s special election. Early voting concludes Friday. SEN: Add Austin tech entrepreneur...

Special Election Turnout and Candidate News for January 20

HD79 special: Through Friday, the last day for which numbers are available, a total of 1,083 people had voted early, amounting to 1.2% of registered voters. Polls were closed today (Sunday) and will be closed tomorrow (Monday) for the holiday. HD145 special: Through...

First 2020 Announcements and Other News for November 8

SC8: Justice Phil Johnson announced he would retire at the end of this year. He would have been up for re-election in 2020. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) will appoint Johnson’s successor, and that appointee will not be on the ballot until he or she seeks a full term in 2020 as...

Enthusiasm, Endorsements and Other News for September 23

Voter Enthusiasm: A new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll highlights a couple of stark realities faced by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) and Democrats across the state trying to build a blue wave. Their core constituencies are, yet again, less interested...

Election and Endorsement News for February 1

LTGOV: The Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Zelinski reported that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s (R) campaign has purchased more than $1M in air time for advertising in the Houston TV market and $840K in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Ads are scheduled to run during the Olympics,...

Election News for January 29

AGRIC: The Texas State Rifle Assoc., Texas Exotic Wildlife Assoc. and Texas Thoroughbred Assoc. endorsed Comm. Sid Miller, according to the campaign.  The Texas Retailers Assoc. PAC endorsed challenger Trey Blocker. HD98: In an unusual move, political consultant Luke...