Challenger News and a Correction for August 15

Correction: In Thursday’s report, we mis-named the federal agency where HD10 candidate Brian Harrison served as chief of staff. He served at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. We regret the error and have corrected the online edition of the report. SD31:...

Empower Texans Lawsuit Tossed and Other News for March 18

Citing a lack of jurisdiction, federal District Judge David Counts has dismissed Empower Texans Inc.’s lawsuit seeking to shield itself from prosecution for mailers it sent in the HD99 primary race. The group, operating under the assumed name Texas Ethics Disclosure...

2018 Primary Storylines

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day, the earliest mid-term primary election in the Nation. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST in every county except El Paso and Hudspeth Cos., which are located in the Mountain Time Zone. We will begin our live coverage of...

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...

Incumbents Generally Ahead in 30-day-out Reports

State candidates with primary opponents were required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports on Monday. These are normally accessible online early the next morning, but today they were not available until late afternoon. We are in the process of going through the...

SD31 Contribution Analysis

Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) out-raised his nearest primary rival nearly 5-to-1 during the last six months of 2017, and he has a nearly $1.6M advantage in cash on hand. Former Midland Mayor Mike Canon, who unsuccessfully challenged Seliger in 2014, was second in...

Election News for January 7

Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as tomorrow whether it will hear the state’s appeal of federal court rulings invalidating two of the state’s congressional and nine state House districts. The case was scheduled to be considered as part of...

State and Local Election News for December 7

Filing for a place on the 2018 continues until 6 p.m. local time on Monday. So far, at least 377 candidates have filed for statewide, legislative and board of education offices, and at least 167 have filed to represent Texas in Congress. This means about 30% of all...