UT Poll Has Trump Up by 4 and Other News for July 2

A new University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll finds President Trump leading presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, 48%-44%. “Independents,” comprising 12% of respondents, preferred Trump, 41%-27%, with nearly a third undecided. The poll found a 10-point gap...

Candidates Filing Up and Down Ballot as Deadline Looms

Correction: In yesterday’s edition, we erroneously indicated Jacey Jetton was running for Congress when we reported that U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) had endorsed him. Jetton is running to succeed the retiring state Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land). We regret...

3Q Campaign Finance Reports Reveal Early Frontrunners

Federal officeholders and candidates were required to file quarterly campaign finance reports today (Tuesday). Our Crib Sheets have been updated with the latest numbers. SEN: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) out-raised the collective Democratic field, $3.2M to $2.8M, and he...

Candidate, Diagnosis and Endorsement News for July 29

SD12: Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) confirmed she would seek re-election in a fundraising appeal to supporters. Her official kick-off event is scheduled for October 10. HD41: Rep. Bobby Guerra (D-Mission) announced he would seek re-election to a fifth term. HD66:...

Candidate, Retirement and Census News for July 9

SCCJ: Bellaire attorney and Court of Appeals Justice (Dist. 14, Pl. 3) Jerry Zimmerer amended his campaign committee for a potential challenge of Chief Justice Nathan Hecht (R) as a Democrat. Zimmerer won the Place 3 seat on the 14th Court of Appeals in 2018 by...

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...

Newspaper Endorsement News for October 20

LTGOV: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Democratic challenger Mike Collier over Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R). Courts: The Houston Chronicle endorsed Justice Jeff Brown (R) and Democratic challengers Steven Kirkland over Justice Jimmy Blacklock (R) and R.K. Sandill...

Identifying Districts Potentially in Play, Part 6

Back in July, as part of our series of analyses identifying districts potentially in play, we found that a challenging party’s candidate raised at least half as much as the incumbent party’s candidate in 90% of the Texas legislative and congressional seats that were...