CD6 special: Early voting continues through Friday for the July 27 special runoff election. In Tarrant Co., in-person voting again ticked upward to just over 1,800 votes cast, bringing the three-day total of in-person and absentee voters to more than 7K (2.1% of registered voters). In-person turnout in Ellis Co. was the same as yesterday (Tuesday). The three-day total of in-person and absentee voters there rose to more than 3,300 (2.8% of registered voters). Figures from Navarro Co. were not available.

Former President Trump reiterated his endorsement of Susan Wright (R).

LAND open: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) to succeed Comm. George P. Bush (R), who is running for AG.

HD114 open: Dallas attorney and Democratic precinct chair Elizabeth Ginsberg announced her candidacy to succeed the retiring Rep. John Turner (D-Dallas).

CD10: Manor Mayor Larry Wallace Jr. announced he would run for Congress as a Democrat. Manor is currently within CD10, but that may change after redistricting.

Under the current districts, Wallace would be challenging U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin). The retired Army veteran is the first Black mayor in the city’s history.

‘Forensic Audit’ Bill: Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) tweeted “there is no reason to do an audit” of the 2020 presidential election in Texas. “Because there are so many questions about this one [election] – maybe even in Texas, we should do the audit.”

House Bill 241 by Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) would require the appointment of “an independent third party to conduct a forensic audit” – which the bill does not define – of the 2020 general election results in the 13 counties with a population of 415K or more. President Joe Biden won those counties collectively by 939K votes over President Trump. The “audit” would not examine the 241 counties Trump won collectively by 1.57M votes.

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