Endorsement News for October 20

Early voting in person begins Monday. MPACT: The Texas Assoc. of Manufacturers MPACT announced its endorsement of 29 incumbent legislators and open-seat candidates of the current incumbent’s party. All endorsed candidates were Republicans except for Sen. Chuy Hinojosa...

Revisiting Runoff Night Storylines

A few days ago, we listed some storylines we’d be watching as the runoff election votes were tallied. Here we revisit those storylines and a couple of others from previous posts. Wayne Christian Christian or Gates? We knew one of the candidates was going to buck...

Early Voting Ends and Other Campaign News for May 20

Early voting has concluded for Tuesday’s primary runoff election. In the state’s most populous counties, Republican turnout appears to be below 2012 and 2014, and Democratic turnout appears to be above 2012 and 2014. RRC open: Former Rep. Wayne Christian...

Johnson Sworn In and Other Campaign News for May 19

Rep. Jarvis Johnson (D-Houston) was sworn in today at Houston City Hall. Mayor Sylvester Turner administered the oath of office with Johnson’s new colleague, Rep. Borris Miles (D-Houston), standing nearby. Johnson faces Kimberly Willis in Tuesday’s...

Absentee Voters’ Influence May Have Implications in Races

Through three days of early voting, fewer than 1.5% of registered voters have cast ballots by mail or in person in the primary runoff election in the state’s 15 most populous counties. Republican runoff turnout through three days is 60% below 2012 and 54% below 2014....

Rulings, Videos and Endorsements for May 18

Early voting for the primary runoff election continues. As we noted yesterday, Republican turnout continues to lag behind 2012 and 2014, while Democratic turnout is ahead of both years. Absentee voting by mail continues to be the main driver of turnout so far. Friday...

Campaign News for May 16

Yesterday was the deadline for primary runoff candidates to file 8-day-out campaign finance reports – our first look into their fundraising efforts since late February. These reports typically are made available online during the day today. Our Crib Sheets have been...

Campaign News as Early Voting Begins

Early voting begins Monday and runs through Friday for the primary runoff elections. Monday is the deadline for primary runoff candidates to file 8-day-out campaign finance reports – our first look into their fundraising efforts since late February. These reports...

Meyers Pulls Voter ID Suit and Endorsement News

Voter ID: Judge Lawrence Meyers, the lone Democrat currently holding state office, has withdrawn a lawsuit he filed to overturn the Voter ID law. The suit is not related to a federal lawsuit before the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Oral arguments are scheduled...

Campaign News for April 29

Voter ID: The U.S. Supreme Court will let the Texas Voter ID law stand (PDF), for now, paving the way for its continued use in the general election. However, SCOTUS gave the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals a July 20 deadline to rule on the case pending there. Oral...