(Re-)Election News for June 19

LAND: Land Comm. George P. Bush announced he would seek re-election. He has at least one primary opponent in Alvord surveyor Davey Edwards, who announced in February. Edwards filed his campaign treasurer appointment prior to the 2014 general election and has raised...

Cain, Meyer, Workman and Others Draw New Challengers

See our 2018 Challengers page for all 164 challengers and open seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018. GOV: Plano landscape and construction business owner Danny Harrison announced via...

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...

HD128: Recount Confirms Cain’s Narrow Win

Harris Co. election officials completed their recount of the HD128 primary runoff election. Briscoe Cain defeated Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) by 23 votes. In a statement, Smith said he had “no regrets” and would continue to represent the district until...

Recount News for May 26

Candidates seeking a recount have until June 6 to file their petition. RRC: A spokesman for Gary Gates says it is “unlikely” he would seek a recount, according to the Texas Tribune’s Jim Malewitz. HD33: John Keating said he would let the overseas ballots be counted...

Revisiting Runoff Night Storylines

A few days ago, we listed some storylines we’d be watching as the runoff election votes were tallied. Here we revisit those storylines and a couple of others from previous posts. Wayne Christian Christian or Gates? We knew one of the candidates was going to buck...

Primary Runoff Election Day Campaign News

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time across Texas tomorrow for the primary runoff election. Our live coverage will begin shortly after 7 p.m. RRC open: Former Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Center) reported receiving $2.5K from the Texas Home School Coalition PAC...

Early Voting Ends and Other Campaign News for May 20

Early voting has concluded for Tuesday’s primary runoff election. In the state’s most populous counties, Republican turnout appears to be below 2012 and 2014, and Democratic turnout appears to be above 2012 and 2014. RRC open: Former Rep. Wayne Christian...

Johnson Sworn In and Other Campaign News for May 19

Rep. Jarvis Johnson (D-Houston) was sworn in today at Houston City Hall. Mayor Sylvester Turner administered the oath of office with Johnson’s new colleague, Rep. Borris Miles (D-Houston), standing nearby. Johnson faces Kimberly Willis in Tuesday’s...

Absentee Voters’ Influence May Have Implications in Races

Through three days of early voting, fewer than 1.5% of registered voters have cast ballots by mail or in person in the primary runoff election in the state’s 15 most populous counties. Republican runoff turnout through three days is 60% below 2012 and 54% below 2014....

Rulings, Videos and Endorsements for May 18

Early voting for the primary runoff election continues. As we noted yesterday, Republican turnout continues to lag behind 2012 and 2014, while Democratic turnout is ahead of both years. Absentee voting by mail continues to be the main driver of turnout so far. Friday...