Filing Period Enters Home Stretch

Filing for partisan nomination or an independent candidacy for the 2022 general election continues through December 13. GOV (Likely R): The campaign of former Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) released a new ad highlighting his conservative credentials....

Thanksgiving Candidate and Endorsement News

Happy Thanksgiving! The filing period for partisan nomination for the 2022 elections continues through December 13. Our Crib Sheets are updated frequently as we learn of new campaign committees, candidate filings and announcements. GOV (Likely R): Gov. Greg Abbott (R)...

Abbott by 6 and Candidate News for November 21

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) leads Democratic challenger Beto O’ Rourke, 45%-39%, in the latest UT-Tyler/Dallas Morning News poll (pdf). Abbott’s job approval rating is 49/41, which is lifted by his 88/14 rating among Republicans. Independents are on balance negative, giving...

Coleman Latest to Retire as Whitmire Eyes City Hall

Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), the fifth most senior member of the House, announced he will not seek re-election, and the Dean of the Senate confirmed he would run for mayor of Houston in 2023. “I am proud to have represented the people of District 147 for the last...

Deshotel Announces Retirement, Dominguez Seeks Promotion

Rep. Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont) announced he would not seek a 13th term, and Rep. Alex Dominguez (D-Brownsville) won’t seek a third term as he instead runs to succeed the retiring Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville). “After over half my life in some sort of public...

O’Rourke Announces Gubernatorial Run

GOV (Likely R): Seeking to recapture the mojo of 2018 without any of the side effects from his 2020 presidential campaign, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) announced he would challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R). O’Rourke came within 3 points of ousting U.S. Sen....

Gohmert Exploring Challenge of Paxton

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) announced he had formed an exploratory committee for a primary challenge of Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R). Gohmert said he needed to raise $1M in the next 10 days to enter the race for AG (Lean R). To put that in perspective, he has...

Poll: Abbott and O’Rourke Statistically Tied

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) are statistically tied in a new poll (PDF) conducted by the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, a finding largely demonstrating the balance of strong partisans within the state. Abbott leads O’Rourke,...