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 Tarrant Co. House Districts

When former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) edged out U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), 49.9%-49.2%, in Tarrant Co., he became the first Democrat to win countywide since 1994. Despite the narrow loss, Cruz won every Republican-held district in 2018. Some of them were very...

Endorsement, Polling and Election Contest News for July 24

HD47 (Lean Democratic): Jennifer Fleck, who lost the Republican runoff to Justin Berry by nearly 1,100 votes, said she would file a lawsuit next week contesting the election results. HD67 (Toss-up): Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Allen) was endorsed by Allen Mayor Debbie Stout...

Committee Hearing, Candidate and Lawsuit News for August 11

House Speaker: The House General Investigating Committee will meet tomorrow (Monday) beginning at 10 a.m. to take invited testimony regarding the June 12 meeting between Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) and Empower Texans CEO Michael...

Candidate and Constitutional Amendment News for July 23

HD67: Frisco attorney Rocio Gosewehr Hernandez established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Allen), likely as a Democrat. She is at least the fifth Democrat to take a formal step toward challenging Leach. See our Crib Sheets for the...

Candidate and Special Election News for February 10

HD93: Arlington sociologist and author Lydia Bean established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) as a Democrat. Bean is the daughter of Nancy Bean, the Arlington school counselor who unsuccessfully challenged Krause in...