House, Senate Redistricting Plans Head to Abbott’s Desk

The Senate passed House Bill 1 by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), the House’s redistricting plan for itself, with no amendments or discussion, which is traditional for passing the other chamber’s plan for itself. The House passed Senate Bill 4 by Sen. Joan...

Draft Congressional Map Bolsters Incumbents

The draft Congressional redistricting map shows largely shores up incumbents’ districts (on both sides) but fails to create any new minority-majority or coalition districts. Based on 2020 election results, the map would result in 25 Republican (one competitive) and 13...

Bush Announces Primary Challenge of Paxton

As expected, Land Comm. George P. Bush (R) announced he would challenge Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R). At a campaign kickoff event in Austin, Bush called Paxton “a career politician” who has “brought way too much scandal and too little integrity to this office.” But a...

Endorsement, Ad and Poll News for October 8, Plus an Arrest

SC6 (Lean Republican): The Dallas Morning News endorsed Justice Jane Bland (R). HD67 (Toss Up): Rep. Jeff Leach’s (R-Allen) campaign released a new ad, “Unfit,” criticizing Democratic challenger Lorenzo Sanchez on law enforcement issues. HD92 open (Lean Republican):...

Postal Service Warns of Mail Ballot Delays

The U.S. Postal Service warned Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughes that there is a “significant risk” that lawfully requested mail ballots will not be returned in time to be counted. Voters “should submit their ballot request early enough so it is received by their...

By the Numbers: First-place Candidates in Runoffs

82% Winning percentage of runoff candidates who finished 10% or more ahead of their challenger in the primary election since 2002. There have been 175 “open” primary runoff elections for state, legislative and federal offices since 2002, and the candidate who finished...

Endorsements Show the Love on Valentine’s Day (Eve)

Early voting for the March 3 primary election begins Tuesday. Federal candidates’ pre-primary reports are due on February 20, and state candidates’ 8-day-out reports are due February 24. Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline for candidates to file for local offices on the...