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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...

State of Play for Open-seat Races

Last week, we explored how the success rate of open-seat primary candidates varied with how their contribution totals ranked among their rival candidates. In general, money has been a pretty good predictor of primary success since at least 2006, the first year of our...

Separation Seen in Some House Open-seat Races

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...

Day After Filing Deadline News, Updates and Corrections

The filing deadline for a spot on the 2018 primary ballot has passed, but the candidate rosters are not yet finalized. The parties have until December 19 to submit their final certified candidate lists to the Secretary of State. Corrections We corrected three mistakes...

Many File for Legislature on Deadline Day

The deadline to file for a place on the 2018 ballot has passed. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. Reps. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) and Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) filed this afternoon, former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio) filed for another...

State and Local Election News for December 7

Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on Monday. So far, at least 377 candidates have filed for statewide, legislative and board of education offices, and at least 167 have filed to represent Texas in Congress. This means about 30% of all...

State Candidate Filing News for December 6

Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on Monday. Please see our Crib Sheets for candidates’ filing status. HD4 open: Gun Barrel City resident Earl Brunner established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by...

Candidate Filing and Endorsement News for November 17

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: Texas Values Action endorsed Angela Paxton. SD25: Dripping Springs attorney and five-time gubernatorial appointee...

Election News for November 12

Filing for a place on the 2018 ballot began Saturday and continues until 6 p.m. local time on December 11. In general, we will not list individual filings here unless they represent the first formal action taken by a candidate. Please see our Crib Sheets for current...

Election News fir September 13

HD4: Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) confirmed he would seek re-election. Gooden has two announced primary challengers: Forney pastor Marty Reid and former Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman), who has faced Gooden in every Republican primary for the seat since 2012. Gooden...

HD4: Spitzer and Gooden Head to Round 4

Former Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman) announced he would seek another rematch against Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell), who have squared off in every Republican primary election since 2012. Spitzer lost his first race against Gooden, who was then a first-term...