Candidate Entries and Exits and Other News for October 20

Early voting continues for the November 2 constitutional, general and special elections. SD31 open: The Kevin Sparks (R) campaign released a new ad, “One Election,” touting Trump’s endorsement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzIl6ZPj6RA HD19/HD73: Rep. Kyle...

Seliger Leaving Senate After 17 Years

Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) announced he would not seek re-election in a reconfigured SD31. “After thoughtful consideration and with the reassurance of my family, including my new very vocal granddaughter, I have decided not to be a candidate for re-election to the...

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...