SEN: Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) formally kicked off his campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R). He established a campaign committee on Friday. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, himself a former Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate against Cornyn, were among the speakers at West’s event. West said he had been endorsed by 10 of his Democratic colleagues and 50 Democratic members of the House.

Meanwhile, the Amanda Edwards (D) campaign announced she raised $200K during the first 24 hours after announcing her entry into the race.

Also, Baytown resident Jack Daniel Foster Jr. established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Cornyn as a Democrat. Daniel ran unsuccessfully for Chambers County Judge in 2018, receiving 20% of the vote.

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U.S. Rep. Chip Roy

CD21: Former Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor, announced she would challenge U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Austin). Davis did not represent any portion of CD21 while in office. In 2014, she received 39% of the vote in CD21 in her unsuccessful gubernatorial race against then-Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott (R). In 2018, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) lost the district to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) by just 539 votes, and Roy prevailed over Democratic nominee Joseph Kopser by 2.6% of the vote.

CD34: Brownsville resident Diego Alberto Zavala established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville). We were unable to identify the candidate conclusively.

PRES: Five Democratic presidential candidates are polling in double figures in Texas, according to a new CBS News Battleground Tracker poll conducted by YouGov. Joe Biden (27%), Beto O’Rourke (17%), Elizabeth Warren (16%), Kamala Harris (12%) and Bernie Sanders (12%) lead a field in which no one else, including Julián Castro (4%) was above 5%. Only Castro and Pete Buttigieg (4%) exceeded a 1% level of support.

The poll also asked respondents which candidates they were “considering supporting.” The same five lead the field, but three others were above 10%: Biden (51%), Warren (48%), O’Rourke (47%), Harris (45%), Sanders (36%), Castro (27%), Buttigieg (26%) and Cory Booker 18%. Sanders received 33% of the vote in the 2016 Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton (65%) and five minor candidates who collectively received a little under 2% of the vote. O’Rourke received 62% of the vote in the 2018 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

910 registered voters “who are Democrats” was in the field July 9-18. Its stated margin of error is ±4.2%.

Filing Begins: Candidates for offices on the November 5 general election ballot began filing for a spot on the ballot today (Monday). The filing deadline is August 19. In Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner filed for re-election. Journalist David Broze, attorney Tony Buzbee and businessman Naoufal Houjami also filed today.

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