Endorsement and Campaign News for February 15

Filing deadline: Candidates for offices on the May 5 uniform election ballot must file by tomorrow, or by Tuesday if they wish to be write-in candidates. Early voting for the March 6 primary election begins Tuesday. COMP: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Joi...

Endorsements, Ads and Other News for February 13

Early voting for the March 6 primary election begins Tuesday. GOV: The campaign of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) released its first re-election ad focused on the Texas economy and business climate. LAND: The Dallas Morning News endorsed former Comm. Jerry Patterson (R) over...

State of Play for Open-seat Races

Last week, we explored how the success rate of open-seat primary candidates varied with how their contribution totals ranked among their rival candidates. In general, money has been a pretty good predictor of primary success since at least 2006, the first year of our...

Endorsement and Campaign News for February 6

AGRIC: The Trey Blocker campaign released a new ad attacking Comm. Sid Miller for several publicized actions he has taken while in office. The two engaged in a testy debate in Tyler this evening at an event sponsored by Grassroots America We the People. LAND: In a...

Separation Seen in Some House Open-seat Races

January semiannual reports were due for state officeholders and candidates on Tuesday. They cover contributions received and expenditures made during the second half of 2017. For most primary challengers and open-seat candidates, they are the first window into their...

Candidate Filing and Endorsement News for November 17

Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on December 11. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. SD8 open: Texas Values Action endorsed Angela Paxton. Shannon McClendon Sen. Donna Campbell SD25: Dripping Springs attorney and...

Empower Texans Endorses First Challengers of 2018

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans released a series of legislative primary endorsements focusing on challengers and open-seat races. HD2: The group endorsed challenger Bryan Slaton in his rematch against Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van). The group previously...

Candidate News and Announcements for October 23

Early Voting is underway for the November 6 general and constitutional amendment election. SD10: Democratic challenger Beverly Powell resigned her seat on the Burleson ISD Board of Trustees to “focus full-time on her race” for SD10. Powell will continue to serve until...

Paxton, Fallon Announce Campaigns for Senate

SD8: Angela Paxton, a Plano guidance counselor and wife of Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton, announced she would seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano). We previously reported that she had established a campaign committee for the race. AngelaPaxton...

Re-election and Candidate News for August 18

Filing Deadling: Monday is the deadline for candidates to file for local offices on the November 2017 ballot. Rep. MattShaheen HD15: The Woodlands educator and Republican activist Jackie Waters formed a campaign committee for a potential race for the seat being...

Election News for July 25

HD18: Huntsville software consultant Garrett Cradduck established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd). Social media activity indicates he may be running as a Tea Party Republican or a Libertarian. However, Cradduck is a...