Texas now ranks 5th in turnout out of the six states that have held 2018 primary elections after West Virginia (25.2%), Ohio (19.6%) and Indiana (17.1%) passed Texas (17.0%) on Tuesday. Only North Carolina, which did not have a statewide race on the ballot, has experienced lower turnout (14.3%) than Texas so far this year. Percentages are calculated based on registered voters.
Pre-runoff reports are due tomorrow (Thursday) for federal candidates in primary runoff elections. These cover contributions received and expenditures made between April 1 and May 2. Federal candidates must disclose any contributions received after May 2 in separate 24-hour reports. State and local candidates’ runoff reports are not due until Monday, which is the day early voting begins.
HD64: The Dallas Morning News reiterated its endorsement of Andrew Morris for the Democratic runoff. The paper endorsed him before the primary.
HD109 open: The Dallas Morning News reiterated its endorsement of Carl Sherman Jr. for the Democratic runoff. The paper endorsed him before the primary.
CD21 open: The Joseph Kopser campaign released a new ad, “Time,” highlighting some of Kopser’s progressive positions.
CD27 open: Club for Growth Action released a new ad, “Granite,” comparing Michael Cloud, who the PAC supports, with former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Surfside Beach), who has endorsed Cloud.
Meanwhile, in a tweet, Cloud’s runoff opponent Bech Bruun criticized Paul, calling his “form of ‘representation’” a “liability” that is “un-Texan.”
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