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,...

Voter ID Ruling and Other Election News for April 10

Voter ID: “A discriminatory purpose was at least one of the substantial or motivating factors behind passage” of the state’s Voter ID law, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled. Ramos previously came to the same conclusion, but a divided Fifth Circuit Court...

Five New Democratic Challengers Emerge

HD45: Driftwood resident Elizabeth Bryant filed paperwork to form a campaign account for a potential challenge to Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs). Her personal Twitter stream suggests she would run as a Democrat. SEN: Denton architect Roman McAllen and Mansfield...

O’Rourke Announces Challenge of Cruz

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) made his challenge to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) official at a rally in his hometown of El Paso today (Friday). No Democrat has been elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas since 1988, and no sitting representative from Texas has been...

By the Numbers: O’Rourke Vs. History

38% Average share of the vote received by the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in a gubernatorial election cycle since 1990. U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) has scheduled a “major announcement” for Friday that most observers believe will serve as his formal entry...

By the Numbers: Abbott and Congress

11.99 Amount, in millions of dollars, that Gov. Greg Abbott reported having on hand as of December 31 in excess of the total cash on hand reported as of the same date by all 36 U.S. Representatives from Texas combined. Abbott reported having $34.4M on hand, the second...

Election News for January 31

Campaign Finance Reports Due: Today (Tuesday) is the deadline for federal candidates and officeholders to file their ear-end campaign finance reports, which cover contributions received and expenditures made since their post-general reports, if they were on the...

Election News for January 30

SEN: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) said he is “very close to making a positive decision” to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, tweeted the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek. Proposed Legislation: Reps. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) and Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) filed bills...

Dowd’s Long Odds and Other Election News for January 5

SEN: News commentator and former George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd is considering challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as an independent. Because of the high rate of straight-party voting in Texas, an independent run for a statewide office is a long shot at best....

By the Numbers: Congressional War Chests

7 Number of Texas U.S. representatives who exit the 2015-16 federal election cycle with more than $1M cash on hand. Post-general campaign finance reports were due late last week for federal candidates on the general election ballot. Seven of the state’s 36 incumbents...