Primary Night Delivers Some Drama, Lots of Runoffs

Note: We will not have percentages for some races, including all statewide races, because of delays in counting Harris Co.’s votes (and some others including Dallas and Tarrant Cos.). Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) cruised to their...

Abbott by 6 and Candidate News for November 21

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) leads Democratic challenger Beto O’ Rourke, 45%-39%, in the latest UT-Tyler/Dallas Morning News poll (pdf). Abbott’s job approval rating is 49/41, which is lifted by his 88/14 rating among Republicans. Independents are on balance negative, giving...

Election Eve Candidate and Endorsement News

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day across the state. In HD118 (Special), former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio) faces Frank Ramirez (D) for the unexpired term of former Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio). Lujan is seeking his second special election win for the seat...

Wolff Retiring, Minjarez Exploring Run to Succeed Him

County Judge Nelson Wolff (D) announced he would not seek re-election. Wolff was appointed county judge in 2001 and re-elected five times. Rep. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) formed an exploratory committee for the race to succeed him. HD13 open: Itasca legislative...

King Announces Senate Bid, Patrick Endorsement

Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) announced he would run for SD10 if it is redrawn as proposed by the Senate’s current redistricting plan, and he was promptly endorsed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R). An amendment filed by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) to her redistricting...

Leman Announces Retirement and Other Labor Day Weekend News

Rep. Ben Leman (R-Iola) announced he would not seek re-election. The former Grimes County Judge won a 2018 special election for the seat and the next two general elections. “It is clear the current season of my public service is winding down for the near future,”...

Top Stories and Candidate News for October 12

Top News SEN: Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) announced he would not challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) in the Republican primary. PRES: Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign announced he raised $4.5M during the third quarter. CD11 open: Former Midland council member...

Candidate and Deadline News for October 6

Deadlines: Tomorrow (Monday) is the deadline to register to vote for the November 5 general, constitutional amendment and special elections. It is also the deadline for candidates in the three legislative special elections and local candidates on the general election...

Leman Sworn in and Other News for May 31

HD13: Rep. Ben Leman (R-Iola) took the oath of office today and will serve the remainder of former Rep. Leighton Schubert’s (R-Caldwell) term. Rep. Ben Leman Leman defeated Jill Wolfskill, 57%-43%, in the Republican runoff. Wolfskill withdrew from the special runoff...

Leman Swearing in Set and Other News for May 24

HD13 open: Former Grimes County Judge Ben Leman will be sworn in as the newest state representative on May 31 at 11 a.m. Rep.-elect Ben Leman He is the lone remaining candidate in the special election to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Leighton Schubert...