HD68 special: Early voting continues for the January 23 special election to fill the unexpired House term of Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster). About 650 people have voted early in person or by mail through the first two days of early voting. At least one vote has been cast in each of the district’s 22 counties, but fewer than 10 votes each have been cast in half of them.

The five candidates’ 8-day-out reports are due Friday.

GOV: The campaign of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he raised $11.5M during the second half of 2020 and ended the year with $37.9M on hand. Abbott raised $19.2M during 2020, which is about $1.5M more than during the corresponding period in his last re-election cycle. Abbott has raised $116.5M since he was elected governor six years ago, surpassing the $110.2M raised by former Gov. Rick Perry (R) during his 14 years in office.

Abbott becomes the first Texas state politician to report raising more than $200M for their own campaigns during their political career.

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