Election News for November 15

Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on December 11. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. SD8 open: Concerned Women for America’s Legislative Action Committee and the Collin Co. Deputies Assoc. endorsed Angela Paxton....

Democrats Post Gains Across Much of Harris Co.

Harris Co. voters cast a record 472K straight-ticket Democratic votes in the general election, up 16% from 2012, while the number of straight-ticket Republican votes fell slightly from 2012. Democrats cut into Republicans’ advantage in all 11 state House districts won...

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...

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...

Early Voting Underway for Primary Runoffs

Early voting began Monday and runs through Friday for the primary runoff elections. It appears that Republican turnout statewide is falling below the 2012 and 2014 election cycles, which featured higher profile statewide races. Democratic turnout statewide may be...

Campaign and Endorsement News for May 9

RRC open: The Dallas Morning News made no endorsement in the Republican runoff between former Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Center) and Gary Gates. The paper endorsed Grady Yarbrough in the Democratic runoff. SD24 open: The Dawn Buckingham campaign released a new radio ad...

Meyers Pulls Voter ID Suit and Endorsement News

Voter ID: Judge Lawrence Meyers, the lone Democrat currently holding state office, has withdrawn a lawsuit he filed to overturn the Voter ID law. The suit is not related to a federal lawsuit before the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Oral arguments are scheduled...

Ballot by Mail and Endorsement News for April 27

Early voting continues for the HD120, HD139 and uniform elections. HD139 Special: Twelve people voted early in person today in HD139, bringing the three-day in-person total to 55 people. More than 1,100 ballots by mail have been returned. Ballots by mail represent...