Top Stories and Candidate News for October 12

Top News SEN: Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) announced he would not challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) in the Republican primary. PRES: Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign announced he raised $4.5M during the third quarter. CD11 open: Former Midland council member...

Highlights of State Campaign Finance Reports

Most of 2019’s early money went to the 2022 ballot. July semiannual campaign finance reports were due yesterday (Monday) for state officeholders and candidates, including legislators and those running against them, and generally became available online today...

Identifying Districts Potentially in Play, Part 7

We have been exploring seats potentially in play by looking at specific metrics defining not only how a district voted in the most recent election but also how those voting patterns have changed over time. We also looked at fundraising totals and their historic impact...

Sen. Flores Sworn in and Other News for October 12

SD19: Sen. Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) was sworn in today (Friday) during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber. Flores defeated former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) in last month’s special runoff election, which was triggered by the resignation of former Sen....

Enthusiasm, Endorsements and Other News for September 23

Voter Enthusiasm: A new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll highlights a couple of stark realities faced by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) and Democrats across the state trying to build a blue wave. Their core constituencies are, yet again, less interested...

By the Numbers: SD19 Runoff’s Place in Recent History

162% Increase in the number of votes Pete Flores received in Tuesday’s runoff election compared to the July 31 special election. There have been 26 special runoff elections since 2000 for legislative and congressional seats. The winning candidates received more votes...

Flores Flips SD19

Republican Pete Flores defeated former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine), 53%-47%, flipping the seat and winning the unexpired term of former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). Flores, who finished first out of an 8-way July 31 special election, ran up large...

Ads and Endorsement News for September 18

TXBIZ PAC: The Texas Assoc. of Business TXBIZ PAC released its slate of legislative endorsements for the general election. In general, the PAC endorsed Republican incumbents and open-seat nominees. Notably, the PAC endorsed Democratic challenger Julie Johnson over...