Poll Gives Hope to Democrats, But …

A new poll from the Texas Lyceum shows a statistical dead heat in the U.S. Senate race, except that “haven’t thought enough about it” is the response of a plurality of registered voters. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) are tied, 30-30,...

By the Numbers: Abbott and Congress

11.99 Amount, in millions of dollars, that Gov. Greg Abbott reported having on hand as of December 31 in excess of the total cash on hand reported as of the same date by all 36 U.S. Representatives from Texas combined. Abbott reported having $34.4M on hand, the second...

Election News for January 31

Campaign Finance Reports Due: Today (Tuesday) is the deadline for federal candidates and officeholders to file their ear-end campaign finance reports, which cover contributions received and expenditures made since their post-general reports, if they were on the...

Election News for January 22

Voter ID: A continuance requested by the U.S. Dept. of Justice has been granted, delaying until February 28 the start of Tuesday’s trial to determine whether the state passed its Voter ID law with discriminatory intent. The motion for continuance cited “the...

Election News for January 17

Filing Begins: Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), candidates may begin filing for offices on the May 6 uniform election date ballot. We have a list of those offices for the state’s 100 largest municipalities available here. Campaign Finance: January semiannual campaign...

Election News for January 12

GOV: The campaign of Gov. Greg Abbott will report raising $9M during the second half of 2016 and has more than $34M on hand as of January 1. The latter figure is likely more than the entire U.S. House delegation has on hand, collectively, as of the same time. The 36...

Video: The Evolution of Texas From Blue to Red

We premiered this video today at the Gulf Coast Power Association’s 31st annual Fall Conference as part of our presentation on political trends in Texas and prospects for the state’s electoral future. The video depicts the transformation of Texas from a...

By the Numbers: Turning Counties Red

149 Number of counties where 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis received fewer votes than Democratic Gov. Allan Shivers received in his 1954 re-election bid. Texas was conservative but politically different 60 years ago. Shivers received 85% of the vote...