2018 Primary Storylines

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day, the earliest mid-term primary election in the Nation. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST in every county except El Paso and Hudspeth Cos., which are located in the Mountain Time Zone. We will begin our live coverage of...

Highlights of Congressional Pre-primary Reports

Pre-primary reports were due today for federal candidates on the March 6 primary ballot. These reports include contributions received and expenditures made between January 1 and February 14. Many of the reports themselves, and some of the totals, are not yet...

Endorsement and Other Election News for February 14

Early voting for the March 6 primary election begins Tuesday. Texas AFT COPE Endorsements: The Texas American Federation of Teachers PAC released its list of primary endorsements, which included two challengers of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R). The union endorsed...

Abbott Raises $1.1M and Other Campaign News for February 5

State candidates with primary opponents were required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports today. These reports cover contributions received and expenditures made during the first 25 days of 2018. Most of these reports will not be available until tomorrow, but...

Year-end Campaign Finance Report Highlights

Year-end campaign finance reports were due today for federal officeholders and candidates. We have updated our Crib Sheet with all reports we’ve seen as of midnight tonight. We will continue to update our numbers as filings become available. Expect it to take at least...

Schubert Resigning and Other Election News for January 26

Schubert Resigning: Rep. Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell) announced he would resign effective February 4 to join Blinn College in its legal affairs office. A special election will be held to fill Schubert’s unexpired term. It is highly unlikely that it will coincide...

By the Numbers: Legislators to Washington

46% Success rate of incumbent Texas legislators running for Congress since 2000. Two incumbent Texas senators and three state representatives are seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress in 2018. Since 2000, six of the 13 incumbent legislators running for Congress have won...

Redistricting Update and Other Election News for January 9

Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court will once again consider the state’s redistricting case at its conference on Friday. Meanwhile, a three-judge federal panel ruled that Tennessee’s congressional map is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and ordered new maps...

Candidate and Judicial Nomination News for December 14

The filing deadline for a spot on the 2018 primary ballot has passed, but the candidate rosters are not yet finalized. The parties have until December 19 to submit their final certified candidate lists to the Secretary of State. Please see our Crib Sheets for...

Flurry of Congressional Candidates File at Deadline

Former Rep. Norma Chavez Seeking O’Rourke’s Open Seat Today was the deadline for federal candidates to file for a spot on the March primary ballot. The following congressional incumbents have filed primary opponents: Republicans – Michael Burgess, John...