Analysis of Competitive Harris Co. House Districts

For much of the past decade-plus, Harris Co. experienced a phenomenon I called “partisan mood swings.” Democrats running countywide – potentially all of them – tended to win in presidential election years. Republicans running countywide – often all of them – tended to...

Endorsements Show the Love on Valentine’s Day (Eve)

Early voting for the March 3 primary election begins Tuesday. Federal candidates’ pre-primary reports are due on February 20, and state candidates’ 8-day-out reports are due February 24. Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline for candidates to file for local offices on the...

Eligibility and Endorsement News for December 17

Today (Tuesday) was the deadline for county parties to electronically submit their candidate rosters to the Secretary of State, and state parties’ deadline is tomorrow (Wednesday). We still have not seen candidate lists from the Libertarian and Green Parties, and we...

Candidate and Early Voting News for November 26

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 tomorrow (Wednesday). SC7: Dallas attorney and District Judge Staci...

Candidate, Endorsement and Speaker News for October 16

Early voting begins on Monday for the November 5 constitutional amendment, general and special election. The League of Women Voters has created a Constitutional Amendment Election Voters Guide which explains each amendment, provides arguments for and against each and...

Blanco Announces for SD29 and Other News for Diez y Seis

SD29 open: Rep. César Blanco (D-El Paso) announced he would seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso). He was endorsed by fellow Reps. Art Fierro (D-El Paso), Mary González (D-Clint), Joe Moody (D-El Paso) and Pancho Nevárez (D-Eagle Pass) and by...

Jose Rodriguez Retiring and Other News for September 13

SD29: Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso) announced he would not seek re-election. He won a three-way Democratic primary for the open seat in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Rodriguez served as chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, a post he said yesterday...

Revisiting Our Election Predictions

Now that most of the dust has settled, we take a look back at our predictions about the overall state climate and specific legislative and congressional races. We’ll take each of our five predictions in order. 1. Republicans sweep statewide races, including the...