Candidate Announcement and Other News for November 12

Filing for the 2020 election is underway. Our Crib Sheets have up-to-date filing status of the candidates we are tracking. At least 141 candidates have already filed. HD51: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) announced he would seek re-election to a 10th term. HD74 open:...

HD79, HD145 Special Election Fields Set

HD79 special: Three candidates filed to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso), whose resignation becomes effective tomorrow (Friday): Art Fierro (D), El Paso marketing and public relations professional and El Paso Community Coll. Board chair Michiel...

More Than 6 Million Texans Likely Cast Ballots Early

Friday was indeed a strong finale to early voting: nearly 465K people voted in person and by mail in the 15 counties with the most registered voters. That’s 30K fewer than on the last day in 2016 but otherwise higher than any other last day in history. It’s nearly...

Day 1 of Early Voting Shatters Records

Early voting in person began today (Monday) and runs through November 2. In general, turnout was brisk, shattering records for gubernatorial general elections and even eclipsing the record-setting turnout of Day 1 in 2016, the last presidential election. Some...

Election News for February 23

Early Voting for the March 6 primary election continues until March 2. Data from a few counties last night indicated Day Three (Thursday) turnout had rebounded slightly from Day Two (Wednesday). Today, data from the 15 counties with the most registered voters...

Blue Travis Co. Gets Bluer

Nearly 40K more Travis Co. residents cast straight-ticket Democratic votes this year than in 2012, and Democrats pushed their advantage in straight-ticket voting to at least 14K in five of the six state House districts and at least 21K in three of them. Republicans...

Dark Money, Endorsements and Ads for October 13

Dark Money: By a unanimous vote, the Texas Ethics Commission dismissed complaints against Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan. The earliest complaints were filed in 2012 by Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) and former Rep. Vicki Truitt...

Election News for October 10

Deadlines: Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the deadline for Texans to register to vote for the general election and for general election candidates to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports. We will begin updating our Crib Sheets on Wednesday morning and analyze the numbers,...

Campaign News for September 20

Voter ID: In a statement, AG Ken Paxton said his office “will be filing a petition this week for the U.S. Supreme Court to review” the rulings issued by federal district and circuit court judges modifying the state’s Voter ID law. NFIB Endorsements: The PAC of the...

Campaign News for September 6

PRES: In an editorial that begins by pondering what it means to be a Republican, the Dallas Morning News declared Donald Trump “not qualified to serve as president” and undeserving of “your vote.” The paper has endorsed every Republican presidential candidate since...

Travis Co. GOP Chair Running for President

Travis Co. Republican Party Chair Robert Morrow’s application to be a write-in presidential candidate has been accepted by the Secretary of State’s office. By filing for the office, Morrow is legally disqualified from holding his county chair position, which probably...