Candidate Filing and Endorsement News for November 24

Filing for the 2020 primary elections and nominating conventions continues through December 9. We expect the week of Thanksgiving to be a fairly quiet one. HD3: Montgomery resident Martin Shupp established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Cecil...

Moody to Seek Re-election and Other News for July 18

HD78: Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) announced he would seek re-election to a sixth term. Moody was considering running for District Attorney for the 34th Judicial District, which includes El Paso, Culberson and Hudspeth Cos. “My current role in the House gives me...

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...

Election and Candidate News for October 11

HD6: Former Rep. Ted Kamel (R-Tyler) has re-established his campaign committee, which has not been active since 1998, for a potential challenge of Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler). Kamel served four terms before losing the 1998 Republican primary to Leo Berman (R-Tyler),...

New Challengers and Other Election News for June 11

LTGOV: The Texas Parent PAC has placed its crosshairs on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. “In 2018, the parents and grandparents of Texas must elect a new Lieutenant Governor and many new state senators and representatives,” said Carolyn Boyle, the group’s chair, in a message...

Redistricting Ruling and Local Endorsements for April 20

Redistricting: The maps drawn in 2011 for the Texas state house districts violate the U.S. Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act, the three-judge panel presiding over the redistricting lawsuits ruled. Intentional vote dilution, racial gerrymandering and...

Straight-ticket Voting in South and Far West Texas

We have explored the shifts in straight-ticket voting in several of the state’s largest counties and found significant Democratic gains, particularly in Republican-held state House seats, with some exceptions, notably in districts held by African-American Democrats....

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...

Initial Thoughts on July Campaign Finance Reports

Semiannual campaign finance reports were due Friday, covering either (1) the first six months of the year for candidates who had no primary opponent or (2) the period since the end of the 8-day-out reporting period of either the primary or primary runoff election (or...