Incumbents Generally Ahead in 30-day-out Reports

State candidates with primary opponents were required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports on Monday. These are normally accessible online early the next morning, but today they were not available until late afternoon. We are in the process of going through the...

By the Numbers: Outperforming Trump

4 Number of Republican candidates for state representative whose vote percentage was exceeded by Donald Trump in the 2016 general election. There were 53 state House seats contested by a Republican and a Democrat in 2016. In 49 of those races, the Republican state...

Campaign News for January 25

TAB Endorsements: The Texas Assoc. of Business PAC released its list of endorsements for the 2018 primaries. The list is mostly comprised of incumbents, but the group also endorsed two challengers and a few open-seat candidates. Subscribers can read more about these...

HD114 Contribution Analysis

Lisa Luby Ryan is one of three state Republican primary challengers to out-raise their respective House incumbents during the last half of 2017. She is the only one to have collected more campaign contributions than the incumbent for the election cycle to date. Lisa...

At Least 8 House Incumbents Trail Primary Challengers

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 News for November 20

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. HD30: Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) announced she would seek election. Lisa LubyRyan Rep. JasonVillalba HD114: Dallas...

Uresti, Villalba Appear to Draw Primary Challengers

Early Voting continues for the November 6 general and constitutional amendment election through November 3. Turnout continues to be very light across most of the state. Through Friday, just over 1% of registered voters had cast ballots in person or by mail in the...

Campaign Finance Report Highlights, HDs 51-150

HD52: Rep. Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock) reported having $256K on hand as of June 30, and he raised just under $15K during the last 12 days of June. Potential primary opponent Jeremy Story raised less than $1K. HD59: Rep. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) reported having...

Legislative Challengers and Re-election News for June 27

HD2: Royse City financial services businessman and 2016 Republican primary candidate Bryan Slaton is asking for endorsements via social media for another race against Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van), who won last year’s primary, 51%-49%. HD14: Bryan resident and Democratic...

Election News for June 21

HD46: Austin computer programmer and gay rights activist Michael Hendrix told the Austin American-Statesman’s Marty Toohey that he is considering a primary challenge of Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin). HD47: Austin registered nurse and health policy consultant Candace...