Israel, Paddie Decide Not to Seek Re-election

Reps. Celia Israel (D-Austin) and Chris Paddie (R-Marsahll) announced they would not seek re-election to the House. “After four legislative sessions and all the special sessions that came with them, I am ready for a new challenge,” Israel said in a statement...

Early Voting Ends and Other Election News for July 10

Note: This report has been updated to correct an erroneous reference to 2014 turnout. Early voting in person ended today (Friday) for the July 14 primary runoff and special elections. Through yesterday (Thursday), 532K people have voted in the Democratic runoff...

Cole Bucks Travis Co. Delegation, Backs Eckhardt

SD14 special: Rep. Sheryl Cole (D-Austin) endorsed former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt (D). Three other members of the Travis Co. delegation – Reps. Gina Hinojosa (D-Austin), Donna Howard (D-Austin) and Celia Israel (D-Austin) have previously endorsed Rep. Eddie...

Voter Registration Deadline and Other News for June 14

Tomorrow (Monday) is the deadline to register to vote for the July 14 runoff and special elections. HD2: The Texas Parent PAC endorsed Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) in the Republican runoff over Bryan Slaton. HD132: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed former Rep. Mike Schofield...

Endorsement, Ad and Election News for June 11

SD14 special: Texas AFT endorsed Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin). His campaign released a list of seven endorsements from members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus: Reps. Alma Allen (D-Houston), Rhetta Bowers (D-Rowlett), Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth), Barbara...

By the Numbers: First-place Candidates in Runoffs

82% Winning percentage of runoff candidates who finished 10% or more ahead of their challenger in the primary election since 2002. There have been 175 “open” primary runoff elections for state, legislative and federal offices since 2002, and the candidate who finished...

Revisiting Our Main Primary Election Storylines

Heading into last week’s primary elections, we outlined four principal storylines we’d be watching as the results came in. Final official results, and the results of any recounts and contests, are still to come, but we have answers to all the questions we...