Poll Gives Hope to Democrats, But …

A new poll from the Texas Lyceum shows a statistical dead heat in the U.S. Senate race, except that “haven’t thought enough about it” is the response of a plurality of registered voters. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) are tied, 30-30,...

Election News for March 10

LTGOV: In a Facebook post, former Rep. Allen Vaught (D-Dallas) said he was “not closing the door on anything” even though he did “not think we need a contested primary” as Democrats look to win the office for the first time in 24 years. Vaught said he had not intended...

Election News for March 2

LTGOV: Mike Collier, a Houston accountant and Texas Democratic Party finance chair, announced he would challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Collier, who received 38% of the vote in his 2014 race for COMP against Glenn Hegar, had also been mentioned as a potential...

Former Rep. Vaught May Be Eying Challenge to Patrick

The Texas Ethics Commission just updated its list of active campaign treasurer appointments. Among the new and updated CTAs: Former Rep. Allen Vaught (D-Dallas) lists Lt. Governor as office sought. His recent Facebook feed has been critical of Lt. Governor Dan...

Election News for January 17

Filing Begins: Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), candidates may begin filing for offices on the May 6 uniform election date ballot. We have a list of those offices for the state’s 100 largest municipalities available here. Campaign Finance: January semiannual campaign...

Election News for January 9

LTGOV: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would seek re-election in 2018. Patrick also endorsed Gov. Greg Abbott for re-election (Abbott has not yet announced a re-election bid.), saying that he wanted to put to rest any “distraction” about Patrick’s potentially...

New Poll Suggests Tightening Presidential Race

A new WFAA-TV/SurveyUSA poll puts Hillary Clinton within four points – and the margin of error – of Donald Trump in Texas. It is the first poll conducted since an audiotape of Trump’s crude comments about women from 2005 surfaced a week ago. Trump leads Clinton,...

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...