Candidate Announcements and Other News for September 12

HD26: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) for re-election. At least three Republicans have taken a formal step toward challenging him in the primary. Earlier this week, Miller took his name out of consideration as the next head of...

Candidate and Special Election News for September 3

Filing Deadline: Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the deadline for candidates to file for the HD28, HD100 and HD148 special elections. SD24: Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) announced she would seek re-election to a second term. HD17: Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) announced he...

Abbott Appoints Bland and Other News for August 26

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced his intent to appoint former appellate justice Jane Bland to the Texas Supreme Court to succeed Justice Jeff Brown, who has been confirmed as a federal district judge by the U.S. Senate. Bland authored more than 1,200 signed opinions...

Pomeroy Makes It Official and Other News for August 25

SD21: Frank Pomeroy, pastor of the Sutherland Springs church where a 2017 mass shooting occurred, announced he would challenge Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) as a Republican. He made the announcement following his church’s Sunday service. We previously reported he...

By the Numbers: Local Election Turnout

9% Average turnout since 1999 in Dallas Co. for an odd-year May election for which the mayor of Dallas is on the ballot. Voter turnout in Texas is low, compared to other states, even under the best of circumstances. About 53% of registered voters cast ballots in the...

Early Voting and Candidate Update for March 7

HD125 special: Nearly 1K more people voted today (Thursday) in person, bringing the four-day total to nearly 4K. This already exceeds the early voting turnout – in person and by mail – for the February 12 special election. Early voting concludes tomorrow (Friday)....

Election News for December 16

HD150: Spring university student Michael Walsh established a campaign committee and a Facebook page for a potential challenge of Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Spring), likely as a Democrat. El Paso: Incumbent D1 council member Peter Svarzbein won Saturday’s runoff election...

Brief Election News for November 27

SD6 special: Early voting continues for the December 11 special election. In-person turnout fell to 292 people today (Tuesday) from 373 yesterday, but nearly 1K more ballots by mail were received today than yesterday and the days leading up to it. Through two days,...

Turnout, Ad and Recall News for August 12

CD15: Patriot Majority USA released a new ad, “Hard Work,” supporting U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez’s (D-McAllen) re-election. The ad focuses on health care for seniors. Local Filing Period: Candidates for local offices seeking a spot on the November general election...

Election News for July 16

GOV: On the day Gov. Greg Abbott formally announced his plans to seek re-election, Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne announced he would seek the Democratic nomination and pledged to loan his campaign $2.5M. He is the second Democrat to take a formal step toward...

Election News for July 12

Redistricting: The federal trial over the districts drawn in 2013 for the Texas House of Representatives and U.S. House of Representatives continued in San Antonio. Luis Vera, legal counsel for the League of United Latin American Citizens, testified that Latinos today...

Election News for June 28

HD52: Round Rock Christian nonprofit executive Jeremy Story, the newly appointed state chaplain for the Republican Party of Texas, has established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock) and sent an email to supporters...