Primary Election Toplines

It’s after 2 a.m., and another primary election is now in the record books, or will be when those last 97 boxes are counted. We wanted to highlight a few facts and observations about the election tonight. We will go into more detail in the coming days. For now,...

New Ads from White, Miller and Other News for February 11

GOV: The Andrew White campaign released a new ad focused on his personal efforts to help Houston-area victims of Hurricane Harvey. Meanwhile, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins endorsed former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez. AGRIC: The campaign of Comm. Sid Miller (R)...

Election News for January 12

LTGOV: Democratic challenger Mike Collier’s campaign announced he raised around $500K during the last half of 2017 and will report around $143K on hand. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) has not yet released fundraising totals. He raised nearly $4M during the last 12 days of...

Many File for Legislature on Deadline Day

The deadline to file for a place on the 2018 ballot has passed. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. Reps. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) and Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) filed this afternoon, former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio) filed for another...

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...

Election News for April 6

HD118: San Antonio resident Steven Cantu filed paperwork establishing a campaign PAC for a potential challenge to Rep. Tomas Uresti (D-San Antonio). CD5: Terrell attorney Dan Wood filed a statement of candidacy for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling...

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...

‘Late-train’ Money Flooding CD23, Little Else

With so many Texans voting early in general elections and a paucity of competitive races, the impact of “late-train” money in close campaigns is muted. As a result, we are seeing fewer, and smaller, infusions of cash and in-kind contributions during the campaigns’...

Key House Race 8-day-out Report Highlights

Eight-day-out campaign finance reports were due yesterday for state and legislative candidates (and some local candidates) with general election opponents. The reports cover contributions received and expenditures made between September 29 and October 29. From this...

Endorsement News for October 23

PRES: Calling her the “least objectionable choice,” the Beaumont Enterprise endorsed Hillary Clinton. The Bryan-College Station Eagle “reluctantly” endorsed Clinton. The Galveston Daily News endosed Clinton, “which is the newspaper’s first endorsement of a Democratic...

Dark Money, Endorsements and Ads for October 13

Dark Money: By a unanimous vote, the Texas Ethics Commission dismissed complaints against Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan. The earliest complaints were filed in 2012 by Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) and former Rep. Vicki Truitt...