State Runoff Candidates Raise $4.3M Since Primary

State candidates (and local candidates where required) on the May 22 primary runoff election ballot were required to file their runoff reports on Monday. Most of them became available online today. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made...

Early Voting Ends and Other Election News for May 1

Early voting has ended for the May 5 uniform and special elections. Saturday is Election Day. HD46 open: Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas), chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, endorsed Chito Vela in the Democratic runoff over Sheryl Cole. HD62 open: The...

Phillips to Resign and Other News for April 27

HD62 open: Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) has submitted a letter of resignation effective Monday. “After deciding not to seek re-election, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve our state in different capacity: as a district judge,” Phillips said. He won...

Endorsement and Campaign News for February 15

Filing deadline: Candidates for offices on the May 5 uniform election ballot must file by tomorrow, or by Tuesday if they wish to be write-in candidates. Early voting for the March 6 primary election begins Tuesday. COMP: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Joi...

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...

Campaign News for January 25

TAB Endorsements: The Texas Assoc. of Business PAC released its list of endorsements for the 2018 primaries. The list is mostly comprised of incumbents, but the group also endorsed two challengers and a few open-seat candidates. Subscribers can read more about these...

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...

Election News for January 10

LTGOV: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R). HD62 open: Denison Mayor Jared Johnson and former Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum endorsed Reggie Smith to succeed the retiring Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) CD23: The campaign of Democratic...

Campaign News for November 2

Correction: On Tuesday, we erroneously reported that San Antonio business consultant Fernando Padron ran in the 2016 Democratic primary for Bexar Co. tax assessor-collector. He actually ran in the Republican primary. We regret the error and have updated the post and...