Election News for July 26

Special Session: A bill intended to prevent mail-in ballot fraud was passed by the Senate, 21-10. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) would increase penalties for voter fraud committed via mail-in ballots, particularly for individuals...

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...

Challengers and Announcements for July 5

GOV: Gov. Greg Abbott has scheduled a “special announcement,” widely expected to be an announcement for his re-election campaign, in San Antonio on July 14. LTGOV: Former Rep. Allen Vaught (D-Dallas) has taken to Facebook to seek “candid input” on whether he should...

(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...