Election News on the Eve of Early Voting

Early voting for the March 6 primary election begins tomorrow. Poll Numbers A new UT/Texas Tribune poll suggests statewide incumbents have significant leads over their primary rivals, but voters remain fairly divided about their job performance: GOV (R): Gov. Greg...

Incumbents Generally Ahead in 30-day-out Reports

State candidates with primary opponents were required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports on Monday. These are normally accessible online early the next morning, but today they were not available until late afternoon. We are in the process of going through the...

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...

Candidate and Election News for December 1

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. AGRIC: Spring resident Richard Carpenter established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Comm. Sid Miller (R)...

Candidate News for November 26

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. Many party offices had limited hours, or were closed entirely, during the Thanksgiving weekend. LTGOV: Petersburg resident Kerry...

Candidate News for November 13

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. HD6: Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) announced he would seek re-election. HD27: Missouri City attorney Wilvin Carter filed as a...

Election News for October 17

Redistricting: Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to hear “and correct a U.S. District Court ruling from August that invalidated two of the state’s 36 congressional districts.” The high court stayed that ruling last month....

Election News for February 22

Voter ID: Attorney General Ken Paxton and the U.S. Dept. of Justice asked federal judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to delay next week’s trial on discriminatory effect until after June 18, the deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to veto legislation. SD8: The Dallas Morning News’s...

More Observations on 8-day-out Reports

Eight-day-out campaign finance reports were due yesterday for state and legislative candidates (and some local candidates) with general election opponents. The reports cover contributions received and expenditures made between September 29 and October 29. From this...

Campaign News for October 12

AG: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused to consider Ken Paxton’s appeal to have three criminal securities fraud indictments dismissed. Paxton, who has denied any wrongdoing, still faces two first-degree charges and one third-degree felony charge. A Paxton...