Special Election and Endorsement News for April 12

CD34 special (Lean R): Ahead of tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) filing deadline, three candidates have filed: South Padre Island nurse Juana Cantu-Cabrera (R), who finished fourth in the March primary with 7% of the vote Los Indios respiratory care practitioner Mayra Flores...

Jones Holds Fundraising Edge and Other News for April 11

HD147 special (Safe D): The candidates’ 30-day-out reports campaign finance reports were due Friday in the May 7 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), who resigned. These reports disclose contributions received and...

Poll: Abbott Over O’Rourke, Paxton Over Bush

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) leads challenger Beto O’Rourke (D), 50%-42%, among “likely voters,” buoyed by a better than 2-to-1 advantages among white voters and independents, according to a new poll conducted for the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation. Abbott’s lead rises to...

Abbott Orders June 14 Election to Fill Vacant CD34

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a June 14 emergency special election to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville), who resigned. Candidates must file with the Secretary of State by April 13. Early voting will begin May 31. Abbott cited his disaster...

Vela Vacates Seat, Creating an Opening for Flores

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela’s (D-Brownsville) resignation will take effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight (Thursday). A special election will be required to fill his unexpired term. The election could be held as early as May 7, but Gov. Greg Abbott (R) would need to order it by...

Lucio Leaving the House and Other News for October 1

Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) announced he would not seek re-election. “It is with sincere gratitude, yet a heavy heart, that I have decided that I will not seek re-election to the Texas House,” Lucio said in a statement. “It has been one of the greatest honors...

Census Reveals a More Diverse, Unevenly Growing Texas

The U.S. Census Bureau released block-level data needed for redistricting today (Thursday). The state’s total population of 29.1M was previously announced with the congressional apportionment data. Today’s release includes far more detail and at a much more granular...

Parker Announces Bid to Succeed Nelson

SD12 open: Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) announced he would seek to succeed the retiring Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) is considering the race. HD65: Lewisville landscaping business owner and 2020 Republican nominee Kronda...

Vela Not Seeking Re-election and Other News for March 22

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) announced he would not seek re-election to a sixth term. Vela, who was appointed vice chair of the Democratic National Committee by President Biden in January, said in a statement that he would “continue to focus on maintaining a...