Election News for October 1

SD31: Odessa oil company executive Kirk Edwards, who lost an open-seat primary against now-Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) in 2004, backed the incumbent in a letter printed in the Midland Reporter-Telegram. In the letter, Edwards said he hoped voters would “see through...

Candidate Announcements for September 19

SD31: Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) announced he would seek re-election. Seliger already has two primary opponents: former Midland mayor and 2014 primary challenger Mike Canon and Amarillo restaurateur Victor Leal. HD98: Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake)...

Hearings on Hold and Other Labor Day Election News

Redistricting: The federal court overseeing litigation over the state’s congressional and House maps has canceled hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay. SD31: Amarillo restaurateur Victor Leal re-activated...

Leal Considering Primary Challenge of Seliger

SD31: Amarillo restaurateur and former Muleshoe Mayor Victor Leal told the Amarillo Globe-News’s Robert Stein that he is considering challenging Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) in the Republican primary. Leal unsuccessfully sought the 2010 Republican nomination for what...

Most Senators Report $1M-plus War Chests

July semiannual campaign reports indicate most senators up for re-election in 2018 have formidable cash on hand totals, but a couple of incumbents could soon feel heat from well-financed opponents. Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston), the Dean of the Senate, once again...

Cain, Meyer, Workman and Others Draw New Challengers

See our 2018 Challengers page for all 164 challengers and open seat candidates who we confirm have taken a formal step toward running for state and federal office from Texas in 2018. GOV: Plano landscape and construction business owner Danny Harrison announced via...

Re-election Announcements and Other News for June 2

Early voting continues in most jurisdictions holding June 10 runoff elections. A handful of jurisdictions, including Harker Heights and Sulphur Springs, are holding their runoff elections tomorrow (Saturday). AG: Prosecutors have asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to...

Canon Seeks Rematch and Other Election News for May 18

Single-punch Elimination: The Senate gave final passage to House Bill 25 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton), sponsored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), to end the practice of single-punch, straight-ticket voting in the state. None of the chamber’s...