Filing and Turnout News for Deadline Eve

Tomorrow (Monday) is the deadline for candidates to file for a spot on the March 3 primary ballot as a Democrat or Republican, or to be eligible to receive the nomination of the Green or Libertarian Parties at their conventions. It is also the deadline for candidates...

Filing and Endorsement News as Turkey Day Approaches

Filing for the 2020 primary elections and nominating conventions continues through December 9. We expect this holiday week to be a fairly quiet one, and many party offices will be closed beginning Wednesday. Our Crib Sheets have the latest information of who has...

Identifying Districts Potentially in Play, Part 7

We have been exploring seats potentially in play by looking at specific metrics defining not only how a district voted in the most recent election but also how those voting patterns have changed over time. We also looked at fundraising totals and their historic impact...

Endorsement News for October 11

GOV: Humorist Kinky Friedman, himself a former independent candidate for the state’s highest office, endorsed Libertarian nominee Mark Tippetts. “They still try to screw the Libertarians and independents,” Friedman said in a statement. “Ironically, most Texans are...

Identifying Districts in Play This November, Part 1

Today we begin our exploration of districts that may be in play in the general election by examining a metric we call “relative performance factors,” which measure the partisan lean of a district relative to the state. Two dozen Texas congressional and...

Redistricting Update and Other Election News for January 9

Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court will once again consider the state’s redistricting case at its conference on Friday. Meanwhile, a three-judge federal panel ruled that Tennessee’s congressional map is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and ordered new maps...

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...

Candidate Filings and Other Election News for October 24

Early Voting continues for the November 6 general and constitutional amendment election. Turnout has been very light across most of the state. Just 0.3% of registered voters in the state’s 15 most populous counties voted early in person or by mail on Monday, the first...

Straight-ticket Voting in Bexar County

Democrats made gains in straight-ticket voting in nine of the 10 Bexar Co. House districts and their overall countywide advantage in straight-ticket voting more than doubled from 2012. Nearly 20K more straight-ticket Democratic votes were cast across the county than...