Israel Launches Mayoral Bid and Other News for January 11

Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) announced she would run to succeed term-limited Mayor Steve Adler. Israel, who did not seek re-election, had been exploring the race since September, and her formal announcement had been expected. Real estate agent and former council...

Lavender Seeks Rematch and Other News for November 10

The filing period begins Saturday for candidates seeking partisan nomination or intending to run as an independent candidate for the 2022 general election. Partisan candidates seeking offices and districts with territories located entirely within a single county must...

Lucio, Frullo Retiring; Rodriguez Running for Congress

Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) and Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock) announced they would not seek re-election, and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) announced he is running for Congress. Lucio’s decision to retire reverses his previous announcement he would seek...

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...

Flores Retiring and Other Election News for September 4

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Bryan) announced he would not seek re-election, becoming the fifth Republican in the Texas delegation to voluntarily leave Congress. U.S. Rep. Bill Flores “When I originally announced that I was running for Congress in 2009, I was firm in my...

Early Voting Numbers and Other News for October 27

Early voting turnout has officially surpassed total early turnout in 2014. Through the first five days of early voting, 2.43M people have voted in person and by mail in the 30 counties with the most registered voters. A little over 2.55M people voted during the entire...

Early Voting Continues Record-setting Pace

Early voting in person began Monday and runs through November 2. First, a look back at historic Day 1. More than 572K people voted early in person on Monday, or their mail ballots were returned by Monday, in the 15 counties with the most registered voters. That is...

Big Bets in Key Races Revealed in 8-day-out Reports

After 5 p.m. today, the Texas Ethics Commission posted totals for the 8-day-out reports candidates filed on Monday. The actual reports are generally not yet available, but we were able to determine many candidates’ largest donors between January 26 and February 24. We...