Candidates Filing Up and Down Ballot as Deadline Looms

Correction: In yesterday’s edition, we erroneously indicated Jacey Jetton was running for Congress when we reported that U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) had endorsed him. Jetton is running to succeed the retiring state Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land). We regret...

At Least 8 House Incumbents Trail Primary Challengers

January semiannual reports were due for state officeholders and candidates on Tuesday. They cover contributions received and expenditures made during the second half of 2017. For most primary challengers and open-seat candidates, they are the first window into their...

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...