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...

More Observations on 8-day-out Reports

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...

Campaign News for October 21

Early voting in person begins Monday. PRES: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board did not endorse a candidate but recommended “rejecting Donald Trump for president.” AG: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has re-filed civil charges against AG Ken...

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...

Campaign News for August 3

HD120: Rep.-elect Laura Thompson (I-San Antonio) did not qualify for the general election ballot as an independent candidate and thus cannot seek re-election except as a write-in candidate. She has until August 22 to file a “declaration of write-in candidacy” and...

HD120: Make It 99-50-1

Independent Laura Thompson captured the remainder of former Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon’s (D-San Antonio) unexpired term following a four-point, 50-vote victory over Democrat Lou Miller. Turnout was 1.3% of registered voters. Thompson will be the incumbent in November...

HD120: Voters to Fill McClendon’s Seat, for Now

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day for HD120, and voters will elect a representative to serve the remainder of former Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon’s unexpired term. We will have live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Neither Democrat Lou Miller nor independent Laura Thompson...

A Correction and Campaign News for July 30

HD146 open: In a recent post, we somehow got a week ahead of ourselves as we erroneously reporting that precinct chairs would meet today, July 30, to choose a replacement nominee for Rep. Borris Miles (D-Houston). The meeting is, as we have previously reported,...

Campaign News for July 28

Updated to correct an error in the date of the HD146 precinct chairs’ meeting. HD120 open: As of 3 p.m. today, no one had used the court-ordered “reasonable impediment affidavit” because they lacked required photo identification during the first four days of...

Campaign News for July 27

HD120 open: A total of 36 people voted in person today in the HD120 special runoff election between independent Laura Thompson and Democrat Lou Miller, bringing the three-day total to 119. The total does not include ballots by mail, of which there are likely to be...

Campaign News for July 26

HD120: Thirty-seven more people voted in person today, bringing the two-day total to 83. This does not include ballot-by-mail voters, which are likely to comprise a significant majority of all votes cast. Early voting in person continues through Friday. Monday was the...