Early Voting Begins for High Stakes Election

Early voting has begun across Texas for the November 3 general election and continues through October 30. By most accounts, turnout is off to a torrid start. The Harris Co. Clerk’s office tweeted that 128K people voted in person today, plus 41K absentee ballots...

Analysis of Competitive Central Texas House Districts

We continue our series of analyses of competitive, or potentially competitive, legislative seats with an exploration of the I-35 corridor from Bell Co. to Bexar Co. Republican Targets HD45 (Lean Democratic): Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) won this open seat in 2018,...

27 Texans Among Obama’s ‘First Wave’ of Endorsements

Former President Barack Obama released his “first wave” of 2020 endorsements, which included 27 Texas House and U.S. House incumbents, challengers and open-seat candidates: House incumbents Erin Zwiener (HD45), James Talarico (HD52), Jessica González (HD104), Terry...

Candidate and Endorsement News for October 18

HD52: Rep. James Talarico (D-Round Rock) announced he would seek re-election to a second term. HD99: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) for re-election. HD108: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas) for re-election....

Labor Day Weekend Election News

Filing Deadline: Wednesday is the deadline for candidates to file for the HD28, HD100 and HD148 special elections. Entering this weekend, there were seven, two and seven candidates filed for those races, respectively. See our Crib Sheets for the latest filed and...

Election Headlines for August 20

We’ve had a long travel day, so we’re only posting some headlines today: Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) and James Talarico (D-Round Rock) announce they will seek re-election. Greg Abbott (R) endorses Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) for re-election as he considers running...

Talarico Sworn in and Other News for November 20

HD52: Rep. James Talarico (D-Round Rock) was sworn in today to fill the remainder of former Rep. Larry Gonzales’s (R-Round Rock) unexpired term. Talarico won the special election on the same day he was elected to a full term beginning in January. HD108: The Secretary...

Revisiting Our Election Predictions

Now that most of the dust has settled, we take a look back at our predictions about the overall state climate and specific legislative and congressional races. We’ll take each of our five predictions in order. 1. Republicans sweep statewide races, including the...