A third lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) order limiting counties to providing a single drop-off location for absentee ballots returned in person. On Friday, the League of Women Voters of Texas, LULAC and others sued in federal court. A day later, The Texas Alliance of Retired Americans also sued in federal court. Today’s (Monday) state suit was filed by the Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause and others. A hearing on the first suit is scheduled for Thursday.
Campaign Finance: State candidates facing general election opposition were required to file their 30-day-out reports today (Monday). They typically become available online overnight, and we will begin analyzing them tomorrow (Tuesday).
SC7 (Lean Republican): The Dallas Morning News endorsed Justice Jeff Boyd (R).
SC8 (Lean Republican): The Dallas Morning News endorsed Justice Brett Busby (R).
HD67 (Toss Up): Rep. Jeff Leach’s (R-Allen) campaign released a new ad, “Hope,” focusing on criminal justice reform.
PRES: The campaign of Democratic challenger Joe Biden has reserved $5.8M in ads in the state, reported the Dallas Morning News’s Todd Gillman. The reservations are in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin media markets.
CD22 open (Toss Up): Democratic nominee Sri Preston Kulkarni’s campaign released a new ad, “Mom,” starring his mother.
AG (2022): U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Austin) called on Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) to resign. Roy is a former solicitor general under Paxton.
“The allegations of bribery, abuse of office and other charges levied against him by at least seven senior leaders of the Office of the Attorney General are more than troubling on the merits,” Roy said in a statement. “Any grace for him to resolve differences and demonstrate if the allegations are false was eliminated by his choice instead to attack the very people entrusted, by him, to lead the office.”
In a statement, Paxton reiterated his concerns about his current and former senior staff.
“Despite the effort by rogue employees and their false allegations, I will continue to seek justice in Texas and will not be resigning,” Paxton said in a statement.
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