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Analysis: Politics and a pandemic jumble Texas elections

Confused? Nervous that what you heard Tuesday about how to vote in Texas was illegal again Wednesday? Fretting that you might accidentally commit fraud by casting your ballot incorrectly?

Sometimes, if you watch too closely, you can’t tell the direction something is going; it’s all stops, starts and misdirection.

Current law says Texans can vote by mail if they’re going to be out of their home counties during early voting and on election day, if they’re in jail but eligible to vote, if they’re 65 years or older, or if they are disabled.

The state’s relatively limited vote-by-mail opportunities were a subject of partisan dispute well before the emergence of COVID-19.

Republican lawmakers and consultants have argued that mail balloting is riddled with fraud, though courts have found the evidence for that lacking and those lawmakers have not put serious effort into ending the mail-in balloting already allowed.

Democrats, on the other hand, want to follow states that have made voting by mail an option for all voters, saying it would increase turnout — and hoping that increased turnout might improve their recent history of losing statewide elections in Texas.

The pandemic threw something new into that fight — the idea that it could be dangerous to vote in the presence of a contagious disease, and that current law could be read to allow all Texans to vote absentee instead of joining the lines at the polls.

What makes a voter “disabled” isn’t clear and is at the center of the current legal disputes over who can vote by mail. If you apply for a mail ballot (here’s how), you’re asked to check one of four boxes, depending on which of the four vote-by-mail conditions you’re claiming. Those who choose disability are directed to another section asking which elections they’re applying for.

There is no place or requirement for voters to describe their disability.

State election law leaves some room for argument about that, which is one reason voting by mail is tangled up in court right now: “A qualified voter is eligible for early voting by mail if the voter has a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter’s health.”

The folks suing to open voting by mail to anyone during the pandemic have argued that the threat of infection from the coronavirus in a potentially crowded voting location satisfies that definition of disability.

The Texas Tribune’s Alexa Ura has documented every step of this tangled path: A state district judge agreed with them in a suit filed by Texas Democrats. A state appellate court agreed, but the Texas Supreme Court put that on ice temporarily and heard an appeal of that ruling this week. Meanwhile, in a federal case on the same subject, a San Antonio federal judge agreed that voting by mail should be opened up, in a colorful opinion that was quickly stalled by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Citizens should have the option to choose voting by letter carrier versus voting with disease carriers,” U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said in his order. “‘We the People’ get just about the government and political leaders we deserve, but deserve to have a safe and unfettered vote to say what we get.”

For all of that, Texas law is unchanged at the moment. State lawyers will tell you that the coronavirus is not a disability and that voters have to appear in person unless they are out of county, in jail, 65 or older, or disabled. Both the state and federal trial court judges ruled that any Texas voter can request an absentee ballot during the pandemic and check the disability box; higher courts are reconsidering both of those rulings. And the law doesn’t require you to list the reason for your disability if you apply for an absentee ballot.

This isn’t just about the November general elections. The state’s primary runoffs were pushed — another coronavirus disruption — from late May to July 14. Early voting in that election will start June 29. That will be the state’s first test of how voters react to elections during a pandemic: whether more apply for mail ballots, whether more turn out or stay home, how state and local election officials manage everything.

But runoff elections are classically low-turnout affairs. The real test will come in November — and with a presidential race atop the ballot, which typically draws the highest number of voters of any election.

Big turnouts are terrific for civic engagement. But early voting and election day crowds are problematic if social distancing is the order of the day.

Author: ROSS RAMSEY –  The Texas Tribune

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5 takeaways from the latest congressional fundraising reports

The fourth quarter of 2019 was a critical time in Texas’ most hotly contested U.S. House races, as candidates who announced earlier in the fall went through their first full fundraising periods and newer entrants looked to make a splash in their first weeks.

The congressional battlefield this cycle in Texas is huge. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is working to flip seven Republican-held seats, three of which feature incumbents not seeking reelection. There are three more seats open in safe Republican territory, and they have drawn massive GOP primaries. And the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee is hoping to flip back two seats it lost in 2018.

Plus, there are at least a couple primary challenges that have drawn national attention.

Here is what we learned about where these races stand from the latest campaign finance reports, which were due Friday to the Federal Election Commission:

The delegation’s most endangered Democrats remain very well-funded while Republicans sort through their primaries.

After flipping their districts last cycle, Reps. Colin Allred of Dallas and Lizzie Fletcher of Houston are the top Republican targets in Texas. Their FEC reports continue to show they are more than ready for battle in the fall, especially considering neither faces primary competition.

Both are approaching $2 million cash on hand after raising well over half a million dollars each in the fourth quarter — $550,000 for Fletcher, $663,000 for Allred.

Six Republicans are jockeying to challenge Fletcher, and Army veteran Wesley Hunt remains the top fundraiser. He took in another $345,000 over the past three months, bringing his campaign balance to $808,000.

Meanwhile, five GOP candidates are competing to take on Allred. One of them, education-technology executive Genevieve Collins, led the way with $338,000 donations in the fourth quarter and a $100,000 loan to herself, while another, former Navy SEAL Floyd McLendon, collected $287,000. Collins, however, maintains a nearly 5-to-1 cash-on-hand advantage.

In some of the hottest Republican primaries, self-funders are leading the way.

Kathaleen Wall, who spent over $6 million of her fortune on her unsuccessful 2018 bid for the 2nd District, is continuing to massively self-fund now that she is running in the neighboring 22nd District, where 15 Republicans are vying to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land. She put $1 million of her money into her campaign during the fourth quarter, following a $600,000 personal infusion in the prior period. The seat is a national Democratic target.

In other crowded GOP primaries, the latest reports revealed for the first time who has been self-funding because they did not launch their campaigns until the fourth quarter. Chris Ekstrom, one of 15 Republicans running to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Amarillo, loaned himself $500,000. George Hindman, who is among 11 GOP candidates for the seat held by retiring Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, gave himself $400,000. Both Thornberry’s district and Flores’ are solidly Republican.

In a GOP primary for a more competitive seat — the one held by Fletcher — one candidate kickstarted her campaign for the final two months with six figures of self-funding. Maria Espinoza, one of six Republicans running for the NRCC-targeted seat, injected $205,000 into her bid in late December after raising only $11,000 in the prior quarter.

A pair of Democratic challengers in battleground districts continue to impress.

Democrats’ two biggest fundraisers in their targeted districts remain Wendy Davis and Gina Ortiz Jones. Davis, the former gubernatorial nominee, is running to unseat Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, while Jones is running to replace retiring Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, after nearly beating him in 2018.

Davis raised $910,000 in the fourth quarter, more than double Roy’s haul, marking the second quarter in a row that she has taken in more than him. She also pulled virtually even in cash on hand, with both reporting $1.2 million in reserves.

Jones, meanwhile, raked in $828,000, blowing away the Republican field, which got off to a late start after Hurd announced his retirement in August. The GOP’s top fourth-quarter fundraiser in the district was Navy veteran Tony Gonzales, who took in $234,000.

The three other DCCC-targeted incumbents — Reps. John Carter of Round Rock, Dan Crenshaw of Houston and Michael McCaul of Austin — had no problem staying ahead of their Democratic opponents financially, though there were some notable developments in the challenger primaries. Crenshaw, a rising conservative star, pulled in $1.6 million over the last three months, though a late entrant in the Democratic primary for his seat, Houston lawyer Sima Ladjevardian, had an impressive debut with $408,000 raised in her first three weeks. In the three-way Democratic primary to challenge McCaul, Austin physician was the No. 1 fundraiser for the first time, taking in $258,000 in the fourth quarter.

Big Republican names yield mixed fundraising success.

The Texas congressional battlefield this cycle is dotted with well-known names, at least in political circles — and the latest filings show they have had varied success raising money. On one end, there is Pierce Bush, of the famous political family, who raked in $663,000 in just his first three weeks as a candidate, easily leading the 22nd District GOP primary in fourth-quarter fundraising excluding Wall’s self-funding.

In the Republican primary for Flores’ seat, former U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas could not break six figures in the fourth quarter, reporting $76,000 raised. However, partly thanks to money left over from his unsuccessful 2018 reelection campaign, Sessions still has more cash on hand — $220,000 — than most of his primary rivals.

Then there is Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor and President Donald Trump’s onetime nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. He jumped in to the primary for Thornberry’s seat on the filing deadline day — Dec. 9 — and raised a paltry $30,000 over the following few weeks.

One primary challenger outraises an incumbent, while another primary challenger’s fundraising slows.

In the state’s most closely watched primary challenge, Laredo attorney Jessica Cisneros outraised Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, for the first time, $517,000 to $431,000. Cuellar still has a huge war chest totaling $2.9 million; she has about a fifth of that in the bank.

Up in Fort Worth, GOP Rep. Kay Granger is confronting a serious primary challenge from ex-Colleyville City Councilman Chris Putnam, who turned heads by raising $206,000 in the third quarter and loaning himself $250,000. His fundraising slowed in the fourth quarter, though — he took in $80,000, $9,000 of it from himself — while Granger posted a $419,000 haul. She has $774,000 cash on hand, while he has $407,000.

It is important to note, however, that in both races, each campaign’s fundraising does not tell the whole story. Outside groups are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in each primary, aiming to narrow the cash gap between the challenger and the incumbent.

Author: Patrick Svitek – The Texas Tribune

Here’s your Texas 2020 March primary ballot

Texas will hold its 2020 primary elections March 3 — it’s one of 14 states to participate in Super Tuesday — and hundreds of candidates across the state have filed to run for public office.

Here’s all of the candidates who have filed for the Democratic and Republican primary elections, according to the Secretary of State.

Each party will choose its candidate for U.S. president, U.S. Senate, congressional and legislative offices, the State Board of Education, the Railroad Commission and judicial seats.

Early voting begins Feb. 18. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters will compete in a primary runoff May 26.

Texas is an open-primary state, so voters can decide every two years whether they’d rather help pick the Republican or the Democratic nominees (or hold out and go to third-party conventions).

Of note: Whatever primary you decide to vote in, you can only vote in that same party’s runoff, if a runoff is held. You can also vote for either party’s candidate in the general election.

Below, we’ve listed every race in the Democratic and Republican primary elections and highlighted 45 of the most interesting and competitive Races to Watch in the U.S. House and State House.

President

Texas is a big prize for Democratic presidential candidates in 2020. That’s because the state has a huge number of delegates — 228 — and it awards most them proportionally, meaning more than one candidate can secure some of them. At least some of the candidates on the ballot will have likely dropped out by primary election day, however, since Texas follows Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina on the primary calendar.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Michael Bennet
D Joseph R. Biden
D Michael R. Bloomberg
D Cory Booker (dropped out)
D Pete Buttigieg
D Julián Castro (dropped out)
D Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente*
D John K. Delaney
D Tulsi Gabbard
D Amy Klobuchar
D Deval Patrick
D Bernie Sanders
D Tom Steyer
D Elizabeth Warren
D Robby Wells
D Marianne Williamson (dropped out)
D Andrew Yang

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Guerra*
R Zoltan G. Istvan
R Matthew John Matern
R Bob Ely
R Donald J. Trump Incumbent
R Joe Walsh
R Bill Weld

* There are two people who go by the name of Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente on the Texas presidential ballot. The Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente running in the Democratic primary is the son of the Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Guerra running in the Republican primary.

U.S. Senate

There’s a big field of Democrats vying to unseat Republican incumbent John Cornyn, but will any of them be able to generate the hype that Beto O’Rourke did in his 2018 race against Ted Cruz? Cornyn is expected to cruise through his primary. A runoff is likely on the Democratic side.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Chris Bell
D Michael Cooper
D Amanda K. Edwards
D Jack Daniel Foster Jr.
D Annie “Mama” Garcia
D Victor Hugo Harris
D Mary “MJ” Hegar
D Sema Hernandez
D D. R. Hunter
D Adrian Ocegueda
D Cristina Tzinztún Ramirez
D Royce West

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Virgil Bierschwale
R John Anthony Castro
R John Cornyn Incumbent
R Dwayne Stovall
R Mark Yancey

U.S. House

There are competitive races up and down the ballot in the U.S. House in 2020. Democrats could mount serious challenges in as many as seven GOP-held districts. Republicans are hoping to retake two seats flipped by Democrats in 2018. But first there are competitive primaries, including in six districts where the Republican incumbent is retiring.
 

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 1

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Hank Gilbert

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Johnathan Kyle Davidson
R Louie Gohmert Incumbent

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 2

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Elisa Cardnell
D Sima Ladjevardian
D Travis Olsen

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Dan Crenshaw Incumbent

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 3

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Tanner Do
D Sean McCaffity
D Lulu Seikaly

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Van Taylor Incumbent

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 4

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Russell Foster

Republican

CANDIDATES
R John Ratcliffe Incumbent

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 5

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Carolyn Salter

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Lance Gooden Incumbent
R Don Hill

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 6

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Stephen Daniel

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ron Wright Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 7

Six Republicans are vying to challenge Democratic Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, who flipped the seat for the Democrats in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Lizzie Fletcher Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Maria Espinoza
R Wesley Hunt
R Jim Noteware
R Kyle Preston
R Laique Rehman
R Cindy Siegel

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 8

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Elizabeth Hernandez
D Laura Jones

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Kevin Brady Incumbent
R Melissa Esparza-Mathis
R Kirk Osborn

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 9

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Al Green Incumbent
D Melissa Wilson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Julián A. Martinez
R Jon Menefee
R Johnny Teague

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 10

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Pritesh Gandhi
D Shannon Hutcheson
D Mike Siegel

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Michael McCaul Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 11

Ten Republicans are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway in this solidly Republican seat.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jon Mark Hogg

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Gene Barber
R Brandon Batch
R Jamie Berryhill
R J.D. Faircloth
R Casey Gray
R J. Ross Lacy
R Ned Luscombe
R August Pfluger
R Robert Tucker
R Wesley W. Virdell

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 12

Powerful U.S. Rep. Kay Granger faces a spirited primary challenge from the right in Chris Putnam.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Danny Anderson
D Lisa Welch

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Kay Granger Incumbent
R Chris Putnam

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 13

Fifteen Republicans are vying to replace Congressman Mac Thornberry in this solidly red seat.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Timothy W. Gassaway
D Greg Sagan
D Gus Trujillo

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Catherine “I Swear” Carr
R Jamie Culley
R Chris Ekstrom
R Jason Foglesong
R Lee Harvey
R Elaine Hays
R Richard Herman
R Ronny Jackson
R Diane Knowlton
R Matt McArthur
R Mark Neese
R Asusena Reséndiz
R Vance Snider II
R Josh Winegarner
R Monique Worthy

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 14

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sanjanetta Barnes
D Adrienne Bell
D Eddie Fisher
D Robert “Puga” Thomas
D Mikal Williams

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Joshua Foxworth
R Randy Weber Incumbent

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 15

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Vicente González Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez
R Ryan Krause
R Tim Westley

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 16

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Veronica Escobar Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Anthony Aguero
R Jaime Arriola Jr.
R Patrick Hernandez-Cigarruista
R Irene Armendariz-Jackson
R Blanca Ortiz Trout
R Sam Williams

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 17

Twelve candidates are lining up to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, including Pete Sessions, a former congressman from Dallas.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D William Foster III
D David Anthony Jaramillo
D Richard Kennedy

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ahmad Adnan
R Scott Bland
R George W. Hindman
R Todd Kent
R Laurie Godfrey McReynolds
R Jeff Oppenheim
R Kristen Alamo Rowin
R David Saucedo
R Pete Sessions
R Trent Sutton
R Renee Swann
R Elianor Vessali

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 18

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Michael Allen
D Donovan Boson
D Marc Flores
D Jerry Ford Sr.
D Sheila Jackson Lee Incumbent
D Stevens Orozco
D Bimal Patel

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Robert M. Cadena
R Wendell Champion
R Nellie “Truly” Heiskell
R T.C. Manning
R Nathan J. Milliron
R Ava Reynero Pate

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 19

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Tom Watson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jodey C. Arrington Incumbent
R Vance W. Boyd

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 20

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Joaquin Castro Incumbent
D Rob Hostetler
D Justin Lecea

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Gary Allen
R Dominick Dina
R Mauro Garza
R Anita Kegley
R Tammy K. Orta

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 21

This race has the potential to be among the most high-profile in the November general election, when it’s expected that freshman U.S. Rep. Chip Roy will face off against former gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis. But first Davis faces a challenger in the Democratic primary.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Wendy R. Davis
D Jennie Lou Leeder

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Chip Roy Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 22

This race is a target for Democrats seeking to flip the seat blue. It will have competitive primaries on both sides. Incumbent Republican U.S Rep. Pete Olson is not seeking reelection.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Chris Fernandez
D Sri Preston Kulkarni
D Nyanza Davis Moore
D Carmine Petricco III
D Derrick A. Reed

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Pierce Bush
R Jon Camarillo
R Douglas Haggard
R Aaron Hermes
R Greg Hill
R Matt Hinton
R Dan Mathews
R Diana Miller
R Troy Nehls
R Brandon T. Penko
R Shandon Phan
R Bangar Reddy
R Howard Steele
R Kathaleen Wall
R Joe Walz

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 23

This is a perennially swing district. Democrats are optimistic about their chances in 2020 because incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd is not seeking reelection.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Rosalinda “Rosey” Ramos Abuabara
D Jaime Escuder
D Gina Ortiz Jones
D Ricardo R. Madrid
D Efrain V. Valdez

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Alma Arredondo-Lynch
R Darwin Boedeker
R Alía Ureste
R Tony Gonzales
R Cecil B. “Burt” Jones
R Jeff McFarlin
R Raul Reyes
R Sharon Breckenridge Thomas
R Ben Van Winkle

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 24

Democrats are also targeting this seat. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant is not seeking reelection.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D John Biggan
D Richard Fleming
D Crystal Fletcher
D Jan McDowell
D Kim Olson
D Candace Valenzuela
D Sam Vega

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Sunny Chaparala
R David Fegan
R Jeron Liverman
R Desi Maes
R Beth Van Duyne

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 25

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Julie Oliver
D Heidi Sloan

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Keith Neuendorff
R Roger Williams Incumbent

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 26

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Neil Durrance
D Carol H. Iannuzzi
D Mat Pruneda

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Michael Armstrong
R Michael C. Burgess Incumbent
R Jason Mrochek
R Jack Wyman

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 27

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Ricardo “Rick” De La Fuente
D Charlie Jackson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Michael Cloud Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 28

Incumbent Congressman Henry Cuellar, one of the more moderate Democrats in the U.S. House, faces a primary challenge from the left.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jessica Cisneros
D Henry Cuellar Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Sandra Whitten

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 29

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sylvia Garcia Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Robert Schafranek
R Jaimy Z. Blanco

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 30

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Hasani Burton
D Barbara Mallory Caraway
D Shenita “Shae” Cleveland
D Eddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Tre Pennie

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 31

After MJ Hegar came close to winning this seat in 2018, six Democrats are hoping to knock off John Carter.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Michael Edward Grimes
D Eric Hanke
D Donna Imam
D Dan Janjigian
D Christine Eady Mann
D Tammy Young

Republican

CANDIDATES
R John Carter Incumbent
R Abhiram Garapati
R Christopher Wall
R Mike Williams

RACE TO WATCH

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 32

Five Republicans are vying to take on U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, who flipped the seat blue in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Colin Allred Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Genevieve Collins
R Jon Hollis
R Floyd McLendon
R Mark Sackett
R Jeff Tokar

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 33

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sean Paul Segura
D Marc Veasey Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Fabian Cordova Vasquez

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 34

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Osbert Rodriguez Haro III
D Filemon B. Vela Incumbent
D Diego Zavala

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Rey González
R Rod Lingsch

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 35

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Rafael Alcoser III
D Lloyd Doggett Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R “Guillermo” William Hayward
R Nick Moutos
R Jenny Garcia Sharon

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 36

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Rashad Lewis

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Brian Babin Incumbent
R RJ Boatman

Railroad Commissioner

In Texas, the Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry, making it a hugely important elected board in the state. Members of the three-person board are elected statewide. One seat is up for election in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo
D Chrysta Castañeda
D Kelly Stone
D Mark Watson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ryan Sitton Incumbent
R James “Jim” Wright

Supreme Court of Texas

Four of the nine seats on the Supreme Court are up for election in 2020. Justices are elected statewide, and Republicans currently hold all the seats. Democrats have fielded multiple candidates for each seat this year.

SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS PLACE 6

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Kathy Cheng
D Larry Praeger

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jane Bland Incumbent

SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS PLACE 7

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Brandy Voss
D Staci Williams

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jeff Boyd Incumbent

SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS PLACE 8

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Peter Kelly
D Gisela D. Triana

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Brett Busby Incumbent

SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS CHIEF JUSTICE

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Amy Clark Meachum
D Gerald Zimmerer

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Nathan Hecht Incumbent

Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the state’s highest criminal court. Members are elected statewide and are currently all Republican.

TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS PLACE 3

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D William Pieratt Demond
D Elizabeth Davis Frizell
D Dan Wood

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Gina Parker
R Bert Richardson Incumbent

TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS PLACE 4

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Tina Clinton
D Steven Miears

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Kevin Patrick Yeary Incumbent

TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS PLACE 9

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Brandon Birmingham

Republican

CANDIDATES
R David Newell Incumbent

State Board Of Education

There are 15 districts within the State Board of Education. Ten are held by Republicans, and five are held by Democrats. Four Republicans are not running for reelection, meaning a shake-up on the board is certain no matter which party prevails in each of the eight seats up for election.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 1

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Georgina Pérez Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jennifer Ivey

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 4

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Larry McKinzie

Note: According to the Secretary of State’s website, the above candidate filed for the democratic primary for this seat. However, the seat is not up for election until 2022. We will update when we receive a clarification from the Texas Democratic Party.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 5

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Rebecca Bell-Metereau
D Letti Bresnahan

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Inga Cotton
R Robert Morrow
R Lani Popp

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 6

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Debra Kerner
D Kimberly McLeod
D Michelle Palmer

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Will Hickman

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 8

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Audrey Young

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 9

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Brenda Davis

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Keven M. Ellis Incumbent

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 10

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Marsha Burnett-Webster
D Stephen Wyman

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Tom Maynard Incumbent

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 14

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Greg Alvord

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Maria Y. Berry
R Sue Melton-Malone Incumbent

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 15

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D John Betancourt

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jay Johnson

Texas Senate

There are only a few competitive races in the Texas Senate in 2020, but the ones that are in play are hugely important. In the primary, state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., the Democrat most likely to cross party lines in the Senate, faces a challenge from the left. In the general election, Democrats will try to unseat Republican Sen. Pete Flores and eliminate the supermajority that allows Republicans to bring a bill to the floor without Democratic support.
 

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 1

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Audrey Spanko

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Bryan Hughes Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 4

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jay Stittleburg

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Brandon Creighton Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 6

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Carol Alvarado Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 11

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Susan Criss
D Margarita Ruiz Johnson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Larry Taylor Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 12

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Randy Daniels
D Shadi Zitoon

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jane Nelson Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 13

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Richard R. Andrews
D Borris L. Miles Incumbent
D Melissa Morris

Republican

CANDIDATES
R William J. Booher
R Milinda Morris

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 18

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Michael Antalan

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Lois W. Kolkhorst Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 19

This is a seat that traditionally leans blue, but Republican Pete Flores won it in a special election in 2018. Democrats are competing for the chance to win it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Roland Gutierrez
D Freddy Ramirez
D Xochil Peña Rodriguez
D Belinda Shvetz

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Peter P. “Pete” Flores Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 20

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Judy Cutright

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 21

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Judith Zaffirini Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Frank Pomeroy

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 22

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Robert Vick

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Brian Birdwell Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 24

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Clayton Tucker

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Dawn Buckingham Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 26

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D José Menéndez Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 27

Eddie Lucio Jr. is perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the Texas Senate. This year he’s facing a primary challenge from the left.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sara Stapleton Barrera
D Ruben Cortez
D Eddie Lucio Jr. Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Vanessa Tijerina

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 28

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Charles Perry Incumbent

TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 29

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D César J. Blanco

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Bethany Hatch

Texas House

The race for the Texas House might be the marquee political contest in the state in 2020. Democrats have a chance to gain control of the chamber for the first time since 2001. The primary will be relatively tame, however, with fewer intraparty fights among Republicans.
 

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 1

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Gary VanDeaver Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 2

Bryan Slaton narrowly lost a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Dan Flynn in 2018. He’s one of two Republicans seeking to knock Flynn off in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Bill Brannon

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Dwayne “Doc” Collins
R Dan Flynn Incumbent
R Bryan Slaton

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 3

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Martin Shupp

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Cecil Bell Jr. Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 4

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Keith Bell Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 5

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D LaWyanda Prince

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Cole Hefner Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 6

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Julie Gobble

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Matt Schaefer Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 7

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jay Dean Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 8

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Cody Harris Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 9

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Chris Paddie Incumbent
R Mark Williams

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 10

This seat is open thanks to the impending retirement of state Rep. John Wray. The winner of the Republican primary will be the clear favorite to win the general election in November.

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jake Ellzey
R Ryan Pitts
R Robert “Zack” Rader

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 11

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Alec Johnson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Travis Clardy Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 12

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Kyle Kacal Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 13

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ben Leman Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 14

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Janet Dudding
D Raza Rahman

Republican

CANDIDATES
R John Raney Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 15

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Lorena Perez McGill

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Steve Toth Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 16

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Will Metcalf Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 17

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Madeline Eden

Republican

CANDIDATES
R John P. Cyrier Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 18

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ernest Bailes Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 19

Republican

CANDIDATES
R James White Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 20

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jessica Tiedt

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Terry M. Wilson Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 21

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Dade Phelan Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 22

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Joe Deshotel Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jacorion Randle

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 23

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jeff Antonelli

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Mayes Middleton Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 24

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Brian J. Rogers

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Greg Bonnen Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 25

This seat is open thanks to the impending retirement of House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. The winner of the Republican primary will be the clear favorite to win the general election in November.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Patrick Henry

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Troy T. Brimage
R Ro’Vin Garrett
R Rhonda Seth
R Mitch Thames
R Cody Thane Vasut

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 26

This seat became open after Republican state Rep. Rick Miller announced his retirement. Democrats are targeting the seat in November because Miller won it by just 5 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Lawrence Allen Jr.
D L. “Sarah” DeMerchant
D Suleman Lalani
D Rish Oberoi

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Leonard N. Chan
R Jacey Jetton
R Matt Morgan

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 27

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Ron Reynolds Incumbent
D Byron Ross

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Manish Seth
R Tom Virippan

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 28

Democrats see an opportunity to flip this seat after the resignation of state Rep. John Zerwas. They will get their first chance to gain a seat in a Jan. 28 special election.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Elizabeth Markowitz

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Gary Gates
R Schell Hammel

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 29

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Travis Boldt

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ed Thompson Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 30

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Vanessa Hicks-Callaway
R Geanie W. Morrison Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 31

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Ryan Guillen Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Marian Knowlton

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 32

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Eric Holguin

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Todd Hunter Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 33

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Andy Rose

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Justin Holland Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 34

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Abel Herrero Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R James Hernandez

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 35

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Oscar Longoria Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 36

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sergio Muñoz Jr. Incumbent
D Abraham Padron

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 37

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Alex Dominguez Incumbent
D Amber Medina

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 38

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Erin Gamez
D Eddie Lucio III Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 39

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Armando “Mando” Martinez Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 40

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Terry Canales Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 41

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Richard Gonzales
D Bobby Guerra Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R John “Doc” Robert Guerra

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 42

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Richard Peña Raymond Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 43

Republican

CANDIDATES
R J.M. Lozano Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 44

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Robert Bohmfalk

Republican

CANDIDATES
R John Kuempel Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 45

State Rep. Erin Zwiener flipped this seat for the Democrats in 2018. Republicans hope to flip it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Liliana Posada
D Erin Zwiener Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Carrie Isaac
R Austin Talley
R Kent “Bud” Wymore

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 46

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sheryl Cole Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 47

State Rep. Vikki Goodwin flipped this seat for the Democrats in 2018. Republicans hope to flip it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Vikki Goodwin Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Justin Berry
R Jennifer Fleck
R Jenny Roan Forgey
R Aaron Reitz
R Don Zimmerman

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 48

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Donna Howard Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Bill Strieber

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 49

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Gina Hinojosa Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jenai Aragona-Hales
R Charles Allan Meyer

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 50

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Celia Israel Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Larry Delarose

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 51

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Eddie Rodriguez Incumbent
D Joshua Sanchez

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Robert Reynolds

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 52

State Rep. James Talarico flipped this seat for the Democrats in 2018. Republicans hope to win it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D James Talarico Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Lucio Valdez

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 53

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Joe P. Herrera

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Andrew S. Murr Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 54

Democrats expect this seat to be competitive after state Rep. Brad Buckley won reelection by 7 percentage points in 2018, and Democrat Beto O’Rourke narrowly lost it in his race for U.S. Senate.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Likeithia “Keke” Williams

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Brad Buckley Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 55

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Hugh D. Shine Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 56

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Katherine Turner-Pearson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Charles “Doc” Anderson Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 57

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jason Rogers

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Trent Ashby Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 58

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Cindy Rocha

Republican

CANDIDATES
R DeWayne Burns Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 59

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Cody Johnson
R J.D. Sheffield Incumbent
R Shelby Slawson

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 60

This is an open seat after the retirement of state Rep. Mike Lang. The winner of the Republican primary will be the overwhelming favorite in the November general election.

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jon Francis
R Christopher M. Perricone
R Glenn Rogers
R Kellye SoRelle

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 61

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Christopher Cox

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Phil King Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 62

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Gary D. Thomas

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Reggie Smith Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 63

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Leslie Peeler

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Tan Parker Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 64

Democrats hope this seat will be competitive after state Rep. Lynn Stucky won reelection by 8 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Angela Brewer

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Lynn Stucky Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 65

State Rep. Michelle Beckley flipped this seat in 2018, but she faces a primary challenger. Republicans are also eyeing it in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Michelle Beckley Incumbent
D Paige Dixon

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Nancy Cline
R Kronda Thimesch

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 66

This race is a high priority target for Democrats after state Rep. Matt Shaheen won reelection by less than 1 percentage point in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sharon Hirsch
D Aimee Garza Lopez

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Matt Shaheen Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 67

This race is a target for Democrats after state Rep. Jeff Leach won reelection by fewer than 3 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Tom Adair
D Rocio Gosewehr Hernandez
D Anthony Lo
D Lorenzo Sanchez

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jeff Leach Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 68

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Patsy Ledbetter

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Drew Springer Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 69

Republican

CANDIDATES
R James B. Frank Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 70

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Angie Bado

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Scott Sanford Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 71

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Samuel Hatton

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Stan Lambert Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 72

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Drew Darby Incumbent
R Lynette Lucas

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 73

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Stephanie Phillips

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Kyle Biedermann Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 74

This seat is open after the retirement of state Rep. Poncho Nevárez. The Democrat who wins the primary will be heavily favored in November.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Rowland Garza
D Eddie Morales Jr.

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ruben Falcon
R Robert Garza

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 75

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Mary E. González Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 76

This seat is open after state Rep. Cesar Blanco announced he’s running for state Senate. The Democrat who wins in the primary will be heavily favored in November.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Claudia Ordaz Perez
D Elisa Tamayo

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 77

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Evelina (Lina) Ortega Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 78

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Joe Moody Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jeffrey Lane

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 79

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Art Fierro Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 80

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Tracy King Incumbent
D Danny Valdez

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 81

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Brooks Landgraf Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 82

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Tom Craddick Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 83

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D James Barrick
D Addison Perry-Franks

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Dustin Burrows Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 84

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D John Gibson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R John Frullo Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 85

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Joey Cardenas III

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Abolaji Tijani Ayobami
R Robert Boettcher
R Phil Stephenson Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 86

Republican

CANDIDATES
R John Smithee Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 87

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Four Price Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 88

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ken King Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 89

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sugar Ray Ash
D Jon Cocks

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Candy Noble Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 90

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Ramon Romero Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Elva Camacho

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 91

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jeromey Sims

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Stephanie Klick Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 92

This seat is open after state Rep. Jonathan Stickland announced he wasn’t running for reelection. It is a Democratic target after Stickland won by fewer than 3 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Steven Riddell
D Jeff Whitfield

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jeff Cason
R Taylor Gillig
R Jim Griffin

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 93

Democrats hope this seat will be competitive after state Rep. Matt Krause won reelection by 8 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Lydia Bean

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Matt Krause Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 94

Democrats hope this seat will be competitive after state Rep. Tony Tinderholt won reelection by about 9 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Alisa Simmons

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Tony Tinderholt Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 95

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Nicole Collier Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 96

This seat is a Democratic target after state Rep. Bill Zedler won reelection by fewer than 4 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Joe Drago

Republican

CANDIDATES
R David Cook

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 97

Democrats are hopeful they can win this seat after U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, only won the district by 2 percentage points at the top of the ballot in 2018. Goldman won reelection by 8 percentage points.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Elizabeth Beck
D Dan Willis

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Craig Goldman Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 98

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Debra Edmondson

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Giovanni Capriglione Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 99

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Charlie Geren Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 100

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D James Armstrong III
D Lorraine Birabil
D Daniel Davis Clayton
D Sandra Jonelle Crenshaw
D Jasmine Felicia Crockett
D Paul K. Stafford

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 101

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Chris Turner Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 102

Ana-Maria Ramos flipped this seat for the Democrats in 2018. Republicans hope to flip it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Ana-Maria Ramos Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Linda Koop
R Rick Walker

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 103

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Rafael M. Anchia Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jerry Fortenberry II
R Sherry Lee Mecom

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 104

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jessica González Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 105

Thresa “Terry” Meza flipped this seat for the Democrats in 2018, winning by nearly 10 percentage points. Republicans hope to win it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Terry Meza Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Gerson Hernandez

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 106

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jennifer Skidonenko

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jared Patterson Incumbent
R James Trombley

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 107

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Victoria Neave Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Samuel Smith

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 108

Flipping this seat is a top priority for Democrats after state Rep. Morgan Meyer won reelection by less than 1 percentage point in 2018. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lost the district by more than 15 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Joanna Cattanach
D Tom Ervin
D Shawn D. Terry

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Morgan Meyer Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 109

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Christopher L. Graham
D Carl O. Sherman Sr. Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Dr. Eugene Allen

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 110

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Toni Rose Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 111

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Yvonne Davis Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 112

This seat is a top Democratic target after state Rep. Angie Chen Button won reelection by 2 percentage points in 2018.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Brandy K. Chambers

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Angie Chen Button Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 113

State Rep. Rhetta Bowers flipped this seat for the Democrats in 2018, winning by 7 percentage points. Republicans hope to win it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Rhetta Andrews Bowers Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Will Douglas
R Bill Metzger

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 114

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D John Turner Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Luisa Del Rosal

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 115

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Julie Johnson Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Karyn Brownlee

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 116

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Evan Bohl
D Trey Martinez Fischer Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Robert Litoff
R Fernando Padron

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 117

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Philip Cortez Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Carlos Antonio Raymond

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 118

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Leo Pacheco Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Adam Salyer

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 119

This seat is open as incumbent state Rep. Roland Gutierrez runs for state Senate.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Elizabeth “Liz” Campos
D Jennifer Ramos
D Sean Villasana

Republican

CANDIDATES
R George B. Garza

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 120

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Barbara Gervin-Hawkins Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ronald Payne
R Andrew Fernandez Vicencio

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 121

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Becca Moyer DeFelice
D Jack Guerra
D Celina Montoya

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Steve Allison Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 122

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Claire Barnett

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Lyle Larson Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 123

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Diego Bernal Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 124

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Ina Minjarez Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 125

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Ray Lopez Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 126

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Undrai F. Fizer
D Natali Hurtado

Republican

CANDIDATES
R E. Sam Harless Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 127

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Dwight Ford
R Dan Huberty Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 128

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Josh Markle
D Mary E. Williams

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Briscoe Cain Incumbent
R Robert C. Hoskins

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 129

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Kayla Alix

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Ryan Lee
R Dennis Paul Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 130

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Bryan J. Henry

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Tom Oliverson Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 131

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Alma A. Allen Incumbent
D Carey Lashley
D Elvonte Patton

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 132

State Rep. Gina Calanni narrowly flipped this seat for the Democrats in 2018, winning by less than half of one percentage point. Republicans will try to win it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Gina Calanni Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Angelica Garcia
R Mike Schofield

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 133

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Sandra G. Moore

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jim Murphy Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 134

Democrat Beto O’Rourke won this district by more than 20 percentage points in 2018, though incumbent Republican state Rep. Sarah Davis held onto her seat by 6 percentage points. Democrats hope to flip it in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Lanny Bose
D Ann Johnson
D Ruby Powers

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Sarah Davis Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 135

State rep. John Rosenthal flipped this seat for the Democrats in 2018. Republicans hope to win it back in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jon E. Rosenthal Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Merrilee Rosene Beazley
R Justin Ray

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 136

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D John H. Bucy III Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Mike Guevara

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 137

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Gene Wu Incumbent

RACE TO WATCH

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 138

This is an open seat after Republican state Rep. Dwayne Bohac decided not to run for reelection. Bohac won in 2018 by 0.1 percentage points, Democrats hope to flip it in 2020.

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Akilah Bacy
D Jenifer Rene Pool
D Josh Wallenstein

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Josh Flynn*
R Lacey Hull
R Claver T. Kamau-Imani

* Josh Flynn was declared ineligible for the primary by the Harris County Republican Party after the December 10 candidate filing deadline. According to the Secretary of State, his name will remain on the ballot, but if he wins the election outright, the precinct chairs will pick the nominee.

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 139

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Jarvis D. Johnson Incumbent
D Angeanette Thibodeaux

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 140

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Armando Lucio Walle Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 141

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Willie Roaches Franklyn
D Senfronia Thompson Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 142

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Richard Bonton
D Jerry Davis
D Natasha Ruiz
D Harold V. Dutton Jr. Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Jason Rowe

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 143

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Ana Hernandez Incumbent

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 144

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Mary Ann Perez Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Tony Salas

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 145

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Christina Morales Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Martha Elena Fierro

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 146

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Shawn Nicole Thierry Incumbent
D Ashton P. Woods

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 147

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Garnet F. Coleman Incumbent
D Colin Ross
D Aurelia Wagner

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 148

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Anna Eastman
D Adrian Garcia
D Cynthia Reyes-Revilla
D Penny Morales Shaw
D Emily Wolf

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Luis LaRotta

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 149

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Hubert Vo Incumbent

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Lily Truong

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 150

Democrat

CANDIDATES
D Michael Robert Walsh

Republican

CANDIDATES
R Valoree Swanson Incumbent

Author: CARLA ASTUDILLOThe Texas Tribune

Add Texas 2020 election dates to your calendar

2020 is going to be a busy election year. So we have compiled the most important dates in one place — you’ll never have to worry about missing a headline.

You can add these dates to your Google Calendar or iCal. Or view them listed in order below.

  • Feb. 3: This is your last day to register to vote and be eligible to cast a ballot in the March primaries. Check out this page for more information about voter registration in Texas.
  • Feb. 18: Early voting starts in the Texas primaries. It will continue for the next 10 days. You can check your county’s website for information about polling locations.
  • Feb. 21: This is your last day to request a ballot to vote by mail in the primaries. In order to vote by mail, you’ll have to meet certain conditions. Learn more here.
  • Feb. 28: Early voting ends.
  • March 3: If you didn’t vote early, you get your chance on election day. Make sure to show up at your local precinct, unless your county is participating in countywide voting. Again, you can find this out by checking your county’s website.
  • April 27: This is the last day to register to vote and be eligible to cast a ballot in the primary runoffs. Runoffs happen whenever a single candidate doesn’t cross the 50% threshold in the March primary. Almost certainly, there will be races that head to a runoff.
  • May 15: This is your last day to request a ballot to vote by mail for the primary runoff. In order to vote by mail, you have to meet certain conditions. Learn more here.
  • May 18: Early voting in the primary runoff begins. Keep in mind that voters can only participate in one party’s primary each year. If you voted in the Democratic primary in March, for example, you can’t vote in the Republican primary runoff in May.
  • May 22: Early voting in the primary runoff ends.
  • May 26: This is primary runoff election day, your last chance to have a say in whom the Republicans or Democrats nominate in any races that went to a runoff. Make sure to show up at your local precinct, unless your county is participating in countywide voting. You can find this out by checking your county’s website.
  • July 13-16: Delegates will convene at the Democratic National Convention to officially select and nominate their presidential ticket. Normally, a single candidate breaks from the pack and effectively clenches the nomination before the actual convention. But it is possible that no one wins a majority of delegates in the primaries. At this point, the party will have a contested convention on its hands.
  • Aug. 24-27: Just like the Democratic Party did last month, the Republican Party will convene to officially select its ticket. Barring any developments, President Donald Trump is expected to lead the ticket on the Republican side of the ballot.
  • Oct. 5: This is your last day to register to vote for the general election. Check out this page for more information about voter registration in Texas.
  • Oct. 19: Early voting starts in Texas. You can check your county’s website for information about polling locations.
  • Oct. 23: This is your last day to request a ballot to vote by mail for the primary. In order to vote by mail, you have to meet certain conditions. Learn more here.
  • Oct. 30: Early voting ends.
  • Nov. 3: If you didn’t vote early, you get your chance on Election Day. Make sure to show up at your local precinct, unless your county is participating in countywide voting. Again, you can find this out by checking your county’s website.

Author: BOBBY BLANCHARD –  The Texas Tribune

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Texas Republicans Mostly Outraising Opponents in Key State Races

Republicans largely outraised their Democratic challengers this summer in the most closely watched races for statewide offices and the Texas Legislature, according to the latest fundraising reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.

But a handful of exceptions — including the challengers to Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and Attorney General Ken Paxton — highlight some bright spots for Democrats in certain races.

Tuesday was the deadline for state-level candidates to report their campaign finances for the period covering July 1 through Sept. 27. Here are a few highlights:

Statewide races

Miller’s opponent, Kim Olson, took in $131,000 to his $25,000 — a paltry sum for a statewide officeholder that came from only 13 donations. Paxton’s rival, Justin Nelson, hauled in $1.1 million to $488,000 for the attorney general.

Olson ended the period with more cash on hand than Miller had, $162,000 to $53,000. Paxton retained an advantage in that category over Nelson, leaving $4.3 million in the bank to Nelson’s $1.7 million. Paxton nonetheless saw his balance go down significantly after unloading over $3 million for TV advertising.

Meanwhile, at the top of the ticket, Gov. Greg Abbott continued to dominate Democratic opponent Lupe Valdez in the money race. His bank account stood at $26.8 million after raising $5.7 million, while Valdez’s balance came in at $303,000 after taking in $680,000.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was also far ahead of his Democratic foe, Mike Collier, raising $1.6 million to Collier’s $396,000 and maintaining a far larger war chest.

Texas Senate races

In what is widely regarded as the most competitive Texas Senate district in the state, state Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, posted a much larger haul than her opponent, Democrat Beverly Powell, $1.1 million to $440,000. Yet most of Burton’s haul came via six-figure assistance from three sources: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, the political arm of the tort reform group; Empower Texans PAC, the hard-line conservative group; and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility PAC, a new entity affiliated with Empower Texans.

Burton also reported a cash-on-hand advantage — $489,000 compared to Powell’s $447,000.

Powell pounced on Burton’s funding sources in a statement Wednesday, touting that the Democrat “substantially outraised Konni Burton in Tarrant County by over a 4-to-1 margin and reported nearly 5 times the number of Tarrant County donations.”

Two other Republican state senators whose seats are viewed as in play this cycle — Don Huffines of Dallas and Joan Huffman of Houston — also outraised their Democratic challengers but not nearly by as large a margin as Burton.

Huffines, who represents a district where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in 2016, raised $412,000 and reported having $491,000 cash on hand. (His largest contribution was a $100,000 donation from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility PAC). Nathan Johnson, his opponent, raised $248,000 and has $317,000 cash on hand.

Huffman, on the other hand, has a smaller cash advantage over her opponent, Rita Lucido. The incumbent reported raising $248,000 compared to Lucido’s $185,000. And a large chunk of Huffman’s haul came from Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, which donated $100,000 — roughly one-third of all the money she raised this past quarter.

Texas House races

A majority of House Republicans locked in competitive re-election battles outraised their Democratic challengers.

In North Texas, state Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, raked in $278,000 to Democrat Julie Johnson’s $188,000 — a vast improvement for the incumbent after he was outraised by an almost 3-to-1 margin earlier this year. Most of Rinaldi’s haul came from Empower Texans while Johnson had big-dollar in-kind contributions from Annie’s List and Texans for Insurance Reform. Rinaldi ended the period by maintaining his cash advantage with $287,000 to Johnson’s $251,000.

Other GOP incumbents in Dallas County — an area Democrats are heavily targeting this cycle — also came out on top in the latest money haul, including state Reps. Linda Koop of Dallas, Angie Chen Button of Richardson and Rodney Anderson of Grand Prairie.

Democrats, meanwhile, posted higher fundraising numbers in a few state House races, including state Rep. Victoria Neave’s re-election bid. The Dallas Democrat raked in $165,000 to Republican Deanna Maria Metzger’s $112,000. Neave got a $30,000 boost from the House Democratic Campaign Committee, while Metzger was aided by support from Empower Texans and Abbott’s campaign. Neave ended the period with $115,000 to Metzger’s $40,000.

Democrats also reported fundraising advantages in races for two open seat currently held by Republicans. In House District 114, Democrat John Turner outraised Lisa Luby Ryan, who defeated state Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas in this year’s Republican primary. And in Central Texas, Democrat James Talarico outraised Republican Cynthia Flores, both of whom are vying to replace retiring state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock in House District 52.

Disclosure: Texans for Lawsuit Reform has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.

Authors:  PATRICK SVITEKALEX SAMUELS AND CASSANDRA POLLOC –  The Texas Tribune

Video: Meet U.S. Rep. Will Hurd and his Democratic Challenger, Gina Ortiz Jones

Texas’ 23rd Congressional District is enormous – stretching west from San Antonio along the U.S.-Mexico border and stopping just short of El Paso. Its politics are as diverse as its terrain. It is the the only true swing congressional district in Texas.

In 2016, more voters in the district chose Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump while also re-electing Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd. It was the first time an incumbent held on to the seat for a second term in eight years.

The district is once again a top race for both parties this year, with Hurd, a former CIA officer, running for re-election against Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones.

Since 2016, Hurd has often gained the most attention for his opposition at odds with Trump. He publicly criticized the president’s handling of Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections. He’s also advocated for continuing an Obama-era immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and argued against building a wall along our southern border – two positions at odds with Trump

Jones, a San Antonio native who served as a former Air Force intelligence officer for 14 years, is working to highlight that the vast majority of Hurd’s votes have been in line with what Trump wanted.

In the latest video from our Split Decision campaign debate series, watch the two candidates discuss their views on gun laws, Trump’s border wall and who can better channel an impression of the district’s famous native son, actor Matthew McConaughey.

Authors:  ALANA ROCHAJIANING “HOLLY” HEJUSTIN DEHN AND TODD WISEMAN – The Texas Tribune

Who’s on the General Election Ballot in Texas on November 6?

Texas will hold its general election for 2018 on November 6.

Below are the Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians who will be on the ballot in statewide, congressional and legislative offices and the State Board of Education. (In a handful of races, an independent candidate also garnered the necessary signatures to earn a spot on the ballot.)

Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins on October 22 and ends on November 2.

U.S. Senate

Statewide

Candidates
D Beto O’Rourke
L Neal Dikeman
R Ted CruzIncumbent

Governor

Statewide

Candidates
D Lupe Valdez
L Mark Tippetts
R Greg AbbottIncumbent

Lieutenant Governor

Statewide

Candidates
D Mike Collier
L Kerry McKennon
R Dan PatrickIncumbent

Attorney General

Statewide

Candidates
D Justin Nelson
L Michael Ray Harris
R Ken PaxtonIncumbent

Comptroller

Statewide

Candidates
D Joi Chevalier
L Ben Sanders
R Glenn HegarIncumbent

Land Commissioner

Statewide

Candidates
D Miguel Suazo
L Matt Piña
R George P. BushIncumbent

Agriculture Commissioner

Statewide

Candidates
D Kim Olson
L Richard Carpenter
R Sid MillerIncumbent

Railroad Commissioner

Statewide

Candidates
D Roman McAllen
L Mike Wright
R Christi CraddickIncumbent

Texas Supreme Court

Place 2

Candidates
D Steven Kirkland
R Jimmy Blacklock

Place 4

Candidates
D R.K. Sandill
R John DevineIncumbent

Place 6

Candidates
D Kathy Cheng
R Jeff BrownIncumbent

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Place 1

Candidates
D Maria T. (Terri) Jackson
L William Bryan Strange III
R Sharon KellerIncumbent

Place 7

Candidates
D Ramona Franklin
R Barbara Parker HerveyIncumbent

Place 8

Candidates
L Mark Ash
R Michelle Slaughter

State Board of Education

District 2

Candidates
D Ruben Cortez, Jr.Incumbent
R Charles “Tad” Hasse

District 3

Candidates
D Marisa B. PerezIncumbent

District 4

Candidates
D Lawrence Allen Jr.Incumbent

District 7

Candidates
D Elizabeth “Eliz” Markowitz
R Matt Robinson

District 11

Candidates
D Carla Morton
L Aaron Gutknecht
R Patricia “Pat” HardyIncumbent

District 12

Candidates
D Suzanne Smith
R Pam Little

District 13

Candidates
D Aicha Davis
R A. Denise Russell

U.S. House

District 1

Candidates
D Shirley J. McKellar
L Jeff Callaway
R Louie GohmertIncumbent

District 2

Candidates
D Todd Litton
L Patrick Gunnels
R Dan Crenshaw
I Scott Cubbler

District 3

Candidates
D Lorie Burch
L Christopher Claytor
R Van Taylor

District 4

Candidates
D Catherine Krantz
L Ken Ashby
R John RatcliffeIncumbent

District 5

Candidates
D Dan Wood
R Lance Gooden

District 6

Candidates
D Jana Lynne Sanchez
L Jason Allen Harber
R Ron Wright

District 7

Candidates
D Lizzie Pannill Fletcher
R John CulbersonIncumbent

District 8

Candidates
D Steven David
L Chris Duncan
R Kevin BradyIncumbent

District 9

Candidates
D Al GreenIncumbent
L Phil Kurtz
I Benjamin Hernandez
I Kesha Rogers

District 10

Candidates
D Mike Siegel
L Mike Ryan
R Michael T. McCaulIncumbent

District 11

Candidates
D Jennie Lou Leeder
L Rhett Rosenquest Smith
R Mike ConawayIncumbent

District 12

Candidates
D Vanessa Adia
L Jacob Leddy
R Kay GrangerIncumbent

District 13

Candidates
D Greg Sagan
L Calvin DeWeese
R Mac ThornberryIncumbent

District 14

Candidates
D Adrienne Bell
L Don E. Conley III
R Randy WeberIncumbent

District 15

Candidates
D Vicente GonzalezIncumbent
L Anthony Cristo
R Tim Westley

District 16

Candidates
D Veronica Escobar
R Rick Seeberger
I Ben Mendoza

District 17

Candidates
D Rick Kennedy
L Peter Churchman
R Bill FloresIncumbent

District 18

Candidates
D Sheila Jackson LeeIncumbent
L Luke Spencer
R Ava Reynero Pate

District 19

Candidates
D Miguel Levario
R Jodey ArringtonIncumbent

District 20

Candidates
D Joaquin CastroIncumbent
L Jeffrey Blunt

District 21

Candidates
D Joseph Kopser
L Lee Santos
R Chip Roy

District 22

Candidates
D Sri Preston Kulkarni
L John B. McElligott
R Pete OlsonIncumbent
I Kellen Sweny

District 23

Candidates
D Gina Ortiz Jones
L Ruben Corvalan
R Will HurdIncumbent

District 24

Candidates
D Jan McDowell
L Mike Kolls
R Kenny E MarchantIncumbent

District 25

Candidates
D Julie Oliver
L Desarae Lindsey
R Roger WilliamsIncumbent
I Martin Luecke

District 26

Candidates
D Linsey Fagan
L Mark Boler
R Michael C. BurgessIncumbent

District 27

Candidates
D Eric Holguin
L Daniel Tinus
R Michael Cloud
I James Duerr

District 28

Candidates
D Henry CuellarIncumbent
L Arthur M Thomas IV

District 29

Candidates
D Sylvia R. Garcia
L Cullen Burns
R Phillip Aronoff

District 30

Candidates
D Eddie Bernice JohnsonIncumbent
L Shawn Jones

District 31

Candidates
D Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar
L Jason Hope
R John CarterIncumbent

District 32

Candidates
D Colin Allred
L Melina Baker
R Pete SessionsIncumbent

District 33

Candidates
D Marc VeaseyIncumbent
L Jason Reeves
R Willie Billups

District 34

Candidates
D Filemon B. VelaIncumbent
R Rey Gonzalez

District 35

Candidates
D Lloyd DoggettIncumbent
L Clark Patterson
R David Smalling

District 36

Candidates
D Dayna Steele
R Brian BabinIncumbent

Texas Senate

District 2

Candidates
D Kendall Scudder
R Bob HallIncumbent

District 3

Candidates
D Shirley Layton
L Bruce Quarles
R Robert NicholsIncumbent

District 5

Candidates
D Meg Walsh
L Amy Lyons
R Charles SchwertnerIncumbent

District 7

Candidates
D David Romero
L Tom Glass
R Paul BettencourtIncumbent

District 8

Candidates
D Mark Phariss
R Angela Paxton

District 9

Candidates
D Gwenn Burud
R Kelly HancockIncumbent

District 10

Candidates
D Beverly Powell
R Konni BurtonIncumbent

District 14

Candidates
D Kirk WatsonIncumbent
L Micah M. Verlander
R George W. Hindman

District 15

Candidates
D John WhitmireIncumbent
L Gilberto “Gil” Velsquez, Jr
R Randy Orr

District 16

Candidates
D Nathan Johnson
R Don HuffinesIncumbent

District 17

Candidates
D Rita Lucido
L Lauren LaCount
R Joan HuffmanIncumbent

District 23

Candidates
D Royce WestIncumbent

District 25

Candidates
D Steven Kling
R Donna CampbellIncumbent

District 30

Candidates
D Kevin Lopez
R Pat Fallon

District 31

Candidates
L Jack B. Westbrook
R Kel SeligerIncumbent

Texas House

District 1

Candidates
R Gary VanDeaverIncumbent

District 2

Candidates
D Bill Brannon
R Dan FlynnIncumbent

District 3

Candidates
D Lisa Seger
R Cecil Bell JrIncumbent

District 4

Candidates
D Eston Williams
L D Allen Miller
R Keith Bell

District 5

Candidates
D Bill Liebbe
R Cole HefnerIncumbent

District 6

Candidates
R Matt SchaeferIncumbent
I Neal Katz

District 7

Candidates
R Jay DeanIncumbent

District 8

Candidates
D Wesley D. Ratcliff
R Cody Harris

District 9

Candidates
R Chris PaddieIncumbent

District 10

Candidates
D Kimberly Emery
L Matt Savino
R John WrayIncumbent

District 11

Candidates
D Alec Johnson
R Travis ClardyIncumbent

District 12

Candidates
D Marianne Arnold
R Kyle KacalIncumbent

District 13

Candidates
D Cecil Ray Webster, Sr.
R Ben Leman

District 14

Candidates
D Josh Wilkinson
R John RaneyIncumbent

District 15

Candidates
D Lorena Perez McGill
R Steve Toth

District 16

Candidates
D Mike Midler
R Will MetcalfIncumbent

District 17

Candidates
D Michelle Ryan
R John P. CyrierIncumbent

District 18

Candidates
D Fred Lemond
R Ernest BailesIncumbent

District 19

Candidates
D Sherry Williams
R James WhiteIncumbent

District 20

Candidates
D Stephen M. Wyman
R Terry M. WilsonIncumbent

District 21

Candidates
R Dade PhelanIncumbent

District 22

Candidates
D Joe DeshotelIncumbent

District 23

Candidates
D Amanda Jamrok
L Lawrence Johnson
R Mayes Middleton

District 24

Candidates
D John Y. Phelps
L Dick Illyes
R Greg BonnenIncumbent

District 25

Candidates
R Dennis BonnenIncumbent

District 26

Candidates
D L. Sarah DeMerchant
R D.F. “Rick” MillerIncumbent

District 27

Candidates
D Ron ReynoldsIncumbent

District 28

Candidates
D Meghan Scoggins
R John ZerwasIncumbent

District 29

Candidates
D James Presley
R Ed ThompsonIncumbent

District 30

Candidates
D Robin Hayter
R Geanie W. MorrisonIncumbent

District 31

Candidates
D Ryan GuillenIncumbent

District 32

Candidates
R Todd HunterIncumbent

District 33

Candidates
D Laura Gunn
R Justin HollandIncumbent

District 34

Candidates
D Abel HerreroIncumbent
R Chris Hale

District 35

Candidates
D Oscar LongoriaIncumbent

District 36

Candidates
D Sergio Muñoz, Jr.Incumbent

District 37

Candidates
D Alex Dominguez

District 38

Candidates
D Eddie Lucio IIIIncumbent

District 39

Candidates
D Armando “Mando” MartínezIncumbent

District 40

Candidates
D Terry CanalesIncumbent

District 41

Candidates
D Bobby GuerraIncumbent
R Hilda Garza DeShazo

District 42

Candidates
D Richard Peña RaymondIncumbent
R Luis De La Garza

District 43

Candidates
D Dee Ann Torres Miller
R J.M. LozanoIncumbent

District 44

Candidates
D John D. Rodgers
R John KuempelIncumbent

District 45

Candidates
D Erin Zwiener
R Ken Strange

District 46

Candidates
D Sheryl Cole
L Kevin Ludlow
R Gabriel Nila

District 47

Candidates
D Vikki Goodwin
R Paul D. WorkmanIncumbent

District 48

Candidates
D Donna HowardIncumbent

District 49

Candidates
D Gina HinojosaIncumbent
R Kyle Austin

District 50

Candidates
D Celia IsraelIncumbent

District 51

Candidates
D Eddie RodriguezIncumbent

District 52

Candidates
D James Talarico
R Cynthia Flores

District 53

Candidates
D Stephanie Lochte Ertel
R Andrew S. MurrIncumbent

District 54

Candidates
D Kathy Richerson
L Robert Walden
R Brad Buckley

District 55

Candidates
R Hugh D. ShineIncumbent

District 56

Candidates
D Katherine Turner-Pearson
R Charles “Doc” AndersonIncumbent

District 57

Candidates
D Jason Rogers
R Trent AshbyIncumbent

District 58

Candidates
R DeWayne BurnsIncumbent

District 59

Candidates
R J.D. SheffieldIncumbent

District 60

Candidates
R Mike LangIncumbent

District 61

Candidates
R Phil KingIncumbent

District 62

Candidates
D Valerie N. Hefner
L David Schaab
R Reggie Smith

District 63

Candidates
D Laura Haines
R Tan ParkerIncumbent

District 64

Candidates
D Andrew Morris
L Nick Dietrich
R Lynn StuckyIncumbent

District 65

Candidates
D Michelle Beckley
R Ron SimmonsIncumbent

District 66

Candidates
D Sharon Hirsch
R Matt ShaheenIncumbent

District 67

Candidates
D Sarah Depew
R Jeff LeachIncumbent

District 68

Candidates
R Drew SpringerIncumbent

District 69

Candidates
R James FrankIncumbent

District 70

Candidates
D Julie Luton
R Scott SanfordIncumbent

District 71

Candidates
D Sam Hatton
R Stan LambertIncumbent

District 72

Candidates
R Drew DarbyIncumbent

District 73

Candidates
D Stephanie Phillips
R Kyle BiedermannIncumbent

District 74

Candidates
D Poncho NevárezIncumbent

District 75

Candidates
D Mary E. GonzalezIncumbent

District 76

Candidates
D Cesar J. BlancoIncumbent

District 77

Candidates
D Evelina “Lina” OrtegaIncumbent

District 78

Candidates
D Joe MoodyIncumbent
R Jeffrey Lane

District 79

Candidates
D Joe C. PickettIncumbent

District 80

Candidates
D Tracy KingIncumbent

District 81

Candidates
D Armando Gamboa
R Brooks LandgrafIncumbent

District 82

Candidates
D Spencer Bounds
R Tom CraddickIncumbent

District 83

Candidates
D Drew Landry
R Dustin BurrowsIncumbent

District 84

Candidates
D Samantha Carrillo Fields
R John FrulloIncumbent

District 85

Candidates
D Jennifer Cantu
R Phil StephensonIncumbent

District 86

Candidates
D Mike Purcell
R John SmitheeIncumbent

District 87

Candidates
R Four PriceIncumbent

District 88

Candidates
D Ezekiel Barron
R Ken KingIncumbent

District 89

Candidates
D Ray Ash
R Candy Noble

District 90

Candidates
D Ramon Romero Jr.Incumbent

District 91

Candidates
D Jeromey Sims
R Stephanie KlickIncumbent

District 92

Candidates
D Steve Riddell
L Eric Espinoza
R Jonathan SticklandIncumbent

District 93

Candidates
D Nancy Bean
R Matt KrauseIncumbent

District 94

Candidates
D Finnigan Jones
L Jessica Pallett
R Tony TinderholtIncumbent

District 95

Candidates
D Nicole CollierIncumbent
L Joshua G. Burns
R Stephen A. West

District 96

Candidates
D Ryan E. Ray
L Stephen Parmer
R Bill ZedlerIncumbent

District 97

Candidates
D Beth Llewellyn McLaughlin
L Rod Wingo
R Craig GoldmanIncumbent

District 98

Candidates
D Mica J. Ringo
L H. Todd J. Moore
R Giovanni CapriglioneIncumbent

District 99

Candidates
D Michael Stackhouse
R Charlie GerenIncumbent

District 100

Candidates
D Eric JohnsonIncumbent

District 101

Candidates
D Chris TurnerIncumbent
L James Allen

District 102

Candidates
D Ana-Maria Ramos
R Linda KoopIncumbent

District 103

Candidates
D Rafael M. AnchiaIncumbent
R Jerry Fortenberry

District 104

Candidates
D Jessica Gonzalez

District 105

Candidates
D Thresa “Terry” Meza
R Rodney AndersonIncumbent

District 106

Candidates
D Ramona Thompson
R Jared Patterson

District 107

Candidates
D Victoria NeaveIncumbent
R Deanna Maria Metzger

District 108

Candidates
D Joanna Cattanach
R Morgan MeyerIncumbent

District 109

Candidates
D Carl Sherman

District 110

Candidates
D Toni RoseIncumbent

District 111

Candidates
D Yvonne DavisIncumbent

District 112

Candidates
D Brandy K Chambers
R Angie Chen ButtonIncumbent

District 113

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D Rhetta Andrews Bowers
R Jonathan Boos

District 114

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D John Turner
R Lisa Luby Ryan

District 115

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D Julie Johnson
R Matt RinaldiIncumbent

District 116

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D Trey Martinez Fischer
R Fernando Padron

District 117

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D Philip CortezIncumbent
R Michael Berlanga

District 118

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D Leo Pacheco
R John Lujan

District 119

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D Roland GutierrezIncumbent

District 120

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D Barbara Gervin-HawkinsIncumbent
R Ronald Payne

District 121

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D Celina D. Montoya
L Mallory Olfers
R Steve Allison

District 122

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D Claire Barnett
R Lyle LarsonIncumbent

District 123

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D Diego BernalIncumbent

District 124

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D Ina MinjarezIncumbent
R Johnny S. Arredondo

District 125

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D Justin RodriguezIncumbent
L Eric S. Pina

District 126

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D Natali Hurtado
R E. Sam Harless

District 127

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L Ryan Woods
R Dan HubertyIncumbent

District 128

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R Briscoe CainIncumbent

District 129

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D Alexander Jonathan Karjeker
L Joseph Majsterski
R Dennis PaulIncumbent

District 130

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D Fred Infortunio
L Roy Eriksen
R Tom OliversonIncumbent

District 131

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D Alma A. AllenIncumbent
R Syed S. Ali

District 132

Candidates
D Gina Calanni
L Daniel Arevalo
R Mike SchofieldIncumbent

District 133

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D Marty Schexnayder
R Jim MurphyIncumbent

District 134

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D Allison Lami Sawyer
R Sarah DavisIncumbent

District 135

Candidates
D Jon E. Rosenthal
L Paul Bilyeu
R Gary ElkinsIncumbent

District 136

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D John H Bucy III
L Zach Parks
R Tony DaleIncumbent

District 137

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D Gene WuIncumbent
L Lee Sharp

District 138

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D Adam Milasincic
R Dwayne BohacIncumbent

District 139

Candidates
D Jarvis D JohnsonIncumbent
L Shohn Trojacek

District 140

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D Armando Lucio WalleIncumbent

District 141

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D Senfronia ThompsonIncumbent

District 142

Candidates
D Harold V. Dutton JrIncumbent

District 143

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D Ana HernandezIncumbent

District 144

Candidates
D Mary Ann PerezIncumbent
R Ruben Villarreal

District 145

Candidates
D Carol AlvaradoIncumbent
L Clayton Hunt

District 146

Candidates
D Shawn Nicole ThierryIncumbent
L JJ Campbell

District 147

Candidates
D Garnet F. ColemanIncumbent
R Thomas Wang

District 148

Candidates
D Jessica Cristina FarrarIncumbent
R Ryan T. McConnico

District 149

Candidates
D Hubert VoIncumbent
L Aaron Close

District 150

Candidates
D Michael Shawn Kelly
R Valoree SwansonIncumbent

Author:  RYAN MURPHY – The Texas Tribune

LULAC Sues Texas, Others Over Electoral College Vote System

SAN ANTONIO – A coalition of activists and attorneys is suing Texas and three other states over their “winner-take-all” system of allocating Electoral College votes. The goal is to overturn a practice that they claim disenfranchises any voter who does not cast his or her ballot for the winning party.

Luis Vera, general counsel for the League of United Latin American Citizens, said the winner-take-all system allows a candidate to gain the presidency despite losing the nationwide popular vote.

“So, in Texas, which we sued, Donald Trump received 52 percent of the popular vote, just a little over half. Yet he took all 38 electoral votes – 100 percent – because we’re winner-take-all,” Vera said. “How is that, anywhere, even fair?”

In 2016, Trump, a Republican, won the presidency in the Electoral College even though Democrat Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes. Vera said the coalition also sued traditionally “blue” states California and Massachusetts, along with “red” state South Carolina.

By late last week, none of the states had issued a public response to the lawsuits.

Only two states, Maine and Nebraska, apportion electors based on the popular vote. Vera said the system violates the rights of Latino, black and other minority voters under the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

“It dilutes our voting power because it lessens the vote much more than the white Anglo,” he said; “because we’re always going to be the minority and we’re never going to be able to take the vote as we choose – that is, to elect our chosen candidate by ourselves.”

A constitutional amendment is the only way to substantially change the Electoral College, which Vera said, given the country’s political divide, might be impossible.

“This case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “And we want the Supreme Court to declare that the states need to come up with a system that more reflects the popular vote and not violate ‘one person one vote,’ right of association and the Voting Rights Act.”

Vera said whatever the outcome in the lower courts, the cases should make their way through appeals to the Supreme Court, a process that could take many years to play out.

Author: Mark Richardson – Texas News Service

Who’s on the Texas Primary Ballots in 2018?

Texas will hold its 2018 primary elections on March 6 — the first state in the country to do so — and hundreds of candidates across the state have filed to run for public office.

List below is courtesy our partners over at the Texas Tribune

With No Opposition in Sight, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Formally Launches 2018 Re-Election Bid

SAN ANTONIO — Warning that “liberals are trying to mess with Texas,” a confident Gov. Greg Abbott promised Friday he’ll fight to keep Texas in conservative hands if voters give him another four years in office.

“Every far-left liberal from George Soros to Nancy Pelosi are trying to undo the Texas brand of liberty and prosperity,” Abbott said, referring to the Democratic mega donor and U.S. House minority leader, respectively. “I have news for those liberals: Texas values are not up for grabs.”

Abbott’s wife Cecilia and daughter Audrey were at his side when Abbott made his re-election bid official at Sunset Station, the historic and beautifully restored train depot in the St. Paul Square District in downtown San Antonio. His daughter introduced the governor to the cheering audience, telling the crowd, “there truly is no place like Texas and no better person to lead it than my dad.”

When Abbott took the stage he quickly began ticking off a list of what he considered his top accomplishments, including a business tax cut, curbs on abortion, more road construction and what he called the “toughest border security law” in the country.

One of the biggest applause lines came when Abbott touted passage of Senate Bill 4, which supporters call a ban on so-called sanctuary cities and detractors describe as a “show me your papers” law because it allows police to inquire about immigration status during any lawful detention, including after a routine traffic stop.

“We finally have banned sanctuary cities,” Abbott said. “It is irresponsible and reckless to release known criminals back out on your streets.”

Lest his supporters get complacent, Abbott noted that Democrats — who haven’t won a statewide race since 1994 — made impressive gains in Harris County in the last presidential election and warned that “liberals think that they have found cracks in our armor.”

“I will not allow big government policies to lead Texas down the wrong path,” Abbott said. “I’m counting on you to have my back.”

Abbott never specifically referred to the special session of the Legislature that begins next week. The governor was forced to call lawmakers back following the end of the 140-day regular session to avoid a shutdown of the Texas Medical Board and a few other agencies that became hostages in a war between House and Senate leaders.

But Abbott, responding to a clamor from conservative activists, did refer to some of the other items he wants addressed — including changes to the property tax system and more curbs on abortion — during the special session. He didn’t talk about the “bathroom bill” that seeks to restrict which bathrooms transgender Texans can use.

But he was asked about it at an event earlier, and he told reporters he wanted the legislation — opposed by major business groups and top CEOs — because of a “tough legal issue” that pits local school policies against guidelines under Title IX, a federal statute that bans discrimination based on gender in schools.

“Obviously I’m pro-business,” Abbott said. “What we have to do is to find a way to make the law and the way that schools operate in the state of Texas consistent with Title IX. That’s one of our objectives during the special session.”

Friday’s kick-off event was held four years to the day after Abbott first threw his hat in the ring — just across the highway from the train depot at La Villita — in 2013. Abbott noted earlier Friday that he again chose his wife’s hometown of San Antonio — and the place where he got married — to ask voters for another four years in office.

Now, like then, he is the runaway favorite to win the state’s top elective office. Now, like then, he is sitting on top of a huge warchest that any rival would struggle to match. And today, just like in 2013, Abbott’s Republican Party is again favored to win every statewide elected office.

“Being as close as we are to the election, Abbott looks extraordinarily strong,” said Austin-based GOP consultant Ted Delisi. “There’s not even a rumor or a sniff of opposition. This is as good as it gets.”

A lot has changed, though, since Abbott took the reins from longtime Gov. Rick Perry four years ago.

The Democrats have been swept out of power in Washington, removing a convenient foil for Republicans. President Trump’s low approval ratings and scandal-prone White House, meanwhile, are creating headwinds for the GOP nationally. And at home, Texas Republicans are as divided as ever, with relatively moderate House members and their leaders battling more conservative Senate counterparts.

So if Abbott has anything to worry about on the political front at this point — and it’s not clear he does — it would be from within his own party as opposed to any candidate the bedraggled Texas Democrats have conjured up so far.

Though firebrand Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has steadfastly denied any interest in a race against Abbott, talk of a sudden reversal or last-minute betrayal has become something of a parlor game among Austin insiders and lobbyists.

Even if Patrick did take on the governor, though, University of Texas pollster Jim Henson said it would be a tough race for the lieutenant governor. Abbott has the highest approval ratings of any statewide officeholder and Henson said the governor’s numbers among conservative Republicans make him “nearly bulletproof.”

“Patrick is a pretty formidable politician,” Henson said, “but he does start with weaker job approval ratings and less name recognition than the governor does. And he would have to change Republican primary voters’ minds about Greg Abbott.”

Despite the challenges GOP candidates confront nationwide, Abbott has even less to fear from Democrats. With less than five months before the deadline to file for a spot on the primary ballot, no serious Democratic contender has emerged yet in the governor’s race.

Former Democratic state Rep. Allen Vaught of Dallas is looking hard at a statewide run — but not for governor. Instead, he’s thinking about running for lieutenant governor, even though the Democrats already have a serious if little known contender in Houston businessman Mike Collier running for that spot. He said Patrick is a softer target than Abbott.

“I don’t think anybody is unbeatable, but I think Patrick is more vulnerable than Abbott from a common sense point of view,” Vaught said.

Former Democratic state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio has also been mentioned as a potential Abbott challenger. This week Martinez Fischer told the Texas Tribune he’s “not ruling it out” and has been “talking with party leaders and progressive donors” about a possible run. But it hasn’t moved beyond those conversations into anything concrete.

Fischer did lay out a possible attack line: he said Abbott was “exposed” on the economy, noting that in the land of the “Texas Miracle” the state’s unemployment rate is now above the national average and Texas is slipping in the rankings as the best place to do business.

Abbott is already working to take the sting out of any criticism of economic slippage in Texas. About an hour and a half before his campaign announcement, Abbott toured the San Antonio headquarters of aircraft maker Boeing — which recently announced it was locating its new global services division in Plano — to tout the “growing connection between Boeing and the state of Texas.”

During a brief exchange with reporters, Abbott was asked about a CNBC study of the top states in which to do business. For the first time since the cable network began ranking states, Texas fell out of the top two, and instead placed fourth. Abbott blamed a fall in oil prices but said he’s working to keep the economy diversified.

“Listen, oil got cut in half and Texas is still an energy state and whenever oil prices get cut in half it’s going to be impact our economy,” Abbott said. “The reason why I’m here (at Boeing) is because this is an example of my efforts to ensure that we are expanding jobs in areas that have nothing whatsoever to do with energy so that when oil prices do take the tumble in the future we won’t suffer this type of setback.”

Andy Duehren contributed to this report.

Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

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Author:  JAY ROOT – The Texas Tribune

Despite High Expectations for 2016, No Surge in Texas Hispanic Voter Turnout

Turnout among Texas Hispanics eligible to vote rose slightly in the 2016 presidential elections compared to four years earlier, according to newly released U.S. Census data.

There were high hopes that this would be the year.

Amid Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about Hispanics and on-the-ground voter engagement efforts, election watchers prognosticated that 2016 could usher in a surge of Hispanic voters in Texas.

But now that the excitement around the 2016 election has quieted, the surge appears to have been more of a trickle.

Turnout among Texas Hispanics eligible to vote — citizens 18 and older — in 2016 slightly improved, increasing to 40.5 percent from 38.8 percent during the 2012 presidential election, according to U.S. Census data released Wednesday. The small increase is a discouraging sign for those who expected a spike in Hispanic turnout.

Instead, turnout among Hispanic Texans during presidential elections continued its slow, steady increase since 2008, mostly in line with population growth and possibly more Hispanic Texans turning of age to vote. But last year’s turnout is still lower than turnout in the 2004 presidential election.

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Only black and Asian Texans saw significant changes in turnout compared to the last presidential election. Considering those eligible to vote, black turnout dropped from 63.1 percent in 2012 to 57.2 percent last year. Meanwhile, turnout among Asians — a small sliver of both the state’s overall population and the electorate — jumped up from 42.4 percent to 47.3 percent.

For Asian voters, that surge translated into an increase of 124,000 more votes in 2016, a larger increase than what Hispanic voters showed, according to the Census data. Compared to 2012, Hispanics only cast about 48,000 more votes in the 2016 election. White Texans, meanwhile, increased their total number of ballots cast by about 818,000 votes.

Asian voters, in particular, were credited for helping flip the reliably-Republican Fort Bend County into the Democrats’ column in 2016. The Asian share of the population in that suburban enclave southwest of Houston is four times as high as their share statewide.

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Soon after the election, there were signs that a spike in Hispanic turnout didn’t materialize when counties with a larger percentage of Hispanic adults than the state’s average saw little overall change in voter turnout. (Texas doesn’t track voters by race and ethnicity so there is no way of telling from the state’s data how much of that turnout was made up by Hispanic voters.)

Some had also pinned their hopes for improved participation among Hispanics on sweeping Democratic victories in places like Harris County where number crunchers indicated that an increase in Hispanics voters were, in part, behind those wins. But the Census numbers suggest that didn’t translate to a significant statewide increase.

The Census estimates offer the first glimpse at a breakdown of turnout by race and ethnicity in the November election at a time when Hispanic turnout was highly anticipated to swell. But election watchers probably shouldn’t take much stock in what the 2016 numbers could mean for the upcoming midterm elections — Texas’ dismal voter turnout is even worse during non-presidential years.

Author:  ALEXA URA AND RYAN MURPHY – The Texas Tribune

Plaintiffs Want Texas Congressional Districts Redrawn for 2018

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A group of plaintiffs is asking a federal court to force Texas to redraw the state’s current congressional district boundaries ahead of the November 2018 elections.

The three-judge panel ruled March 10 that Republicans had drawn three of the state’s congressional districts with the intent to discriminate against Latino and African-American voters.

Matt Angle, director of the Lone Star Project, a political research group, says the districts identified by the court were “torturously gerrymandered” to exclude minority voters, a process he calls “packing and cracking.”

“Republican leaders drew the maps in which they packed as many of those neighborhoods into as few districts as possible and then they cracked the rest of those neighborhoods into as many districts as possible in order to undermine their voting strength,” he states.

In its ruling, the court did not discuss any remedies to correct the problems. The plaintiffs’ motion seeks to order the Legislature to redraw the state’s current districts in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton maintains that because the ruling pertains only to the 2011 districts, the court has no jurisdiction to order changes in the current boundaries, which went into effect in 2013.

However, Angle says the plaintiffs’ motion points out that when the Legislature redrew the districts in 2013, the three areas the court identified from 2011 were not substantially altered.

“Those districts are absolutely unchanged in the current map relative to the old map, and so you would think that the court would want to change those before we have another election,” he stresses.

The judges found that the three voided districts were drawn to minimize the impact of minority voters, particularly in Austin and San Antonio. He said one district, the 23rd, sprawls 500 miles from San Antonio to near El Paso, an area larger than many states.

“Current Republican leaders see the method for retaining their power long-term to intentionally discriminate against African-American and Latino voters, and the court has stepped in here to call them on the violations,” Angle maintains.

Plaintiffs in the case include the NAACP, Mexican American Legislative Caucus, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force and several African-American and Latino members of Congress.

Author: Mark Richardson – Texas News Service

Five questions for Election Day 2016 in Texas

SAN ANTONIO — From a stage at a barbecue joint here Monday evening, Gov. Greg Abbott gestured toward the three lawmakers standing behind him and proclaimed them the “face of the current Republican Party in the great state of Texas” — and its future too.

Come Tuesday night, all three of those legislators — state Reps. Rick Galindo and John Lujan, as well as U.S. Rep. Will Hurd — could be without an immediate political future. Partly to blame: their party’s presidential nominee, whose unorthodox candidacy has shaken up the political landscape across the country, even in ruby-red Texas.

The scene, which unfolded at a get-out-the-vote rally for Hurd, spoke to one of the overarching questions heading into Election Day in Texas: What impact will Donald Trump have on this traditionally Republican state? Texas’ long-beleaguered Democrats have watched with excitement — and determination — as polls have forecasted a tighter-than-normal race for the White House in Texas.

Now they will find out if the Trump effect is just that — or a massive political mirage. Here are five questions for Election Day 2016 in Texas:

By how much will Donald Trump outpoll Hillary Clinton?

The biggest headline this election cycle in traditionally Republican Texas has been the closer-than-usual presidential contest, with many polls showing Trump beating Clinton by only single digits. A spate of recent surveys, however, has shown Trump trending toward a more traditional position for a GOP nominee in the Lone Star State, which John McCain carried by 12 points in 2008 and Mitt Romney by 16 in 2012.

Whatever the margin is Tuesday, Democrats are anticipating the closest Texas outcome in a long time, possibly since Bob Dole won the state by only five points in 1996. Garry Mauro, Clinton’s Texas chairman, touted Monday that she is “within five points” in Texas, though it was not immediately clear to which polling he was referring.

Clinton’s running mate, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, summed up Democrats’ Texas outlook while visiting North Carolina on Monday.

“It’s still probably a little bit of a bridge too far this cycle, but I mean, I think you’re going to see movement in the right way,” Kaine said, according to an NBC reporter.

Republicans, meanwhile, have long dismissed the idea Clinton has a shot at Texas and, in the home stretch, maintained that Trump’s margin ultimately will not be much of an outlier compared to recent history. “I think we’re going to be in double digits in Texas,” Texas GOP Chairman Tom Mechler told reporters Friday.

Will Trump doom Will Hurd in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District?

In Texas’ only competitive congressional race, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, is fighting for re-election in a rematch with Pete Gallego, a Democrat from Alpine. In the predominantly Hispanic 23rd Congressional District, Trump has not made it easy on Hurd, who never endorsed the GOP nominee but only recently ruled out voting for him.

The final days of the contest have seen both sides escalating long-simmering allegations of unethical behavior, in addition to the usual wrangling over Trump. Texas Democrats, long confident presidential year turnout would boost Gallego to victory, believe Hurd did too little too late to fully denounce Trump — and voters will punish him for it Tuesday.

At the get-out-the-vote rally, Hurd fit in one last barb at Gallego, branding him a puppet for national Democrats who have poured millions of dollars into what has become one of the most expensive congressional races ever in Texas.

“Nancy Pelosi and her liberal friends are trying to buy this seat,” Hurd said, invoking the House minority leader who has served as a GOP boogeyman in the race. “My opponent is actually just kind of a side thought, to be frank.”

How many seats will Democrats pick up in the Texas House?

Democrats in the Texas House are likely to pad their minority Tuesday, though like with the presidential margin, the question is by how much. Fewer than a dozen House Republicans are in competitive races, with three to six of their seats expected to flip to Democratic control.

However many seats Democrats pick up, it will not make much of a difference in the 150-member House, where Republicans currently outnumber Democrats nearly 2-to-1. Still, when the dust settles Tuesday, the extent of Democrats’ gains in the House will offer one gauge of how difficult Trump made life for down-ballot Republicans in Texas.

“I actually believe one way or the other, it helps us up and down the ballot,” Democratic House candidate Mary Ann Perez said Monday, calling the White House race a boon to her chances of taking back House District 144. She is challenging state Rep. Gilbert Peña of Pasadena, one of the most endangered state lawmakers on the ballot Tuesday.

One little-noticed scenario going into Tuesday: Of the six Hispanic Republicans in the lower chamber, as many as four could lose their seats — two of whom, Galindo and Lujan, were onstage with Abbott in San Antonio. The two others are Peña and Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville.

Will Latinos turn out against Trump?

Part of Democrats’ hopes for Tuesday rely on something happening that usually doesn’t in Texas politics: Hispanic voters turning out in droves. While Clinton’s support among Latinos is deep, Democrats are most prominently banking on Hispanic voters showing up to cast a ballot against Trump and his hard-line immigration positions.

While the extent to which Latinos turned out in this election may not be immediately known, early voting trends offered some hints. Analysis done by Republican consultant Derek Ryan found that 19.7 percent of early voters this cycle had a Hispanic surname, up from 15.5 percent in 2012.

“I think statewide it’s probably not going to be a factor,” Ryan said Monday. “I think we’re going to see some statewide races that are closer than they have been in recent history, but I do think it could cost us some local and legislative races.” 

Among those contests: Lujan’s and Galindo’s bids for re-election in the San Antonio area. At the Monday rally, both acknowledged the volatility of their districts as they argued they were the right candidate to keep the seats in GOP hands.

“This is a seat … that flip flops every two years, the past few cycles,” Galindo said, recalling how he began block walking in late April to try to get a head start on a tough campaign. “This is something that we believe we really have a hold on. We’ve been working hard, and I believe I represent everyone.”

Does Trump change the map in Texas?

In the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama won 26 of Texas’ 254 counties. Can Clinton outdo him?

While Trump’s margin of victory is no doubt worth watching, what happens at the county level could matter more for Democrats’ long-term hopes in the Lone Star State. The biggest county to watch is Harris County, Texas’ most populous and the site of a razor-thin victory by Obama in 2012.

There is also Fort Bend County, a hugely diverse and fast-growing area southwest of Harris County. It went for Romney by seven points in 2012, a relatively close margin by Texas standards that political observers expect to tighten this time around, potentially moving the county toward true battleground status.

“It’ll be a good test of the extent of the collateral damage that Trump is inflicting on the Republican Party within the Asian-American and Latino communities,” said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University. 

One more county to keep an eye on: Bexar County, which includes San Antonio. It is considered Democratic-leaning territory, with the GOP still being able to win some countywide races there under the right conditions. If Trump underperforms, Bexar County could emerge from Tuesday its most solid shade of blue yet. 

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Author: PATRICK SVITEK – The Texas Tribune

Analysis: Welcome to the Home Stretch of the 2016 Texas Elections

Here we go.

It’s both unofficial and traditional to call Labor Day the beginning of the intense action in a general election year, and it still carries a shred of truth. The slates are set. The debates are ahead, along with most of the ads and mailers and door-to-door visits from campaign workers and candidates. Summer vacations are over. This election is on.

The political calendar from here to there is stuffed. Nov. 8 is 64 days away. Early voting starts in Texas on Oct. 24.

The first presidential debate is three weeks away, on Sept. 26. The vice presidential candidates debate a week and a day later, followed by the second presidential debate on Oct. 9. Finally, there is a third presidential debate on Oct. 19 — the Wednesday before early voting begins.

Campaigns don’t regard Labor Day as a starting place, but it marks a change for them, both in terms of who is paying attention and in what the campaigns themselves are doing.

They’ll have more fundraisers, but the folks who have spent the summer asking people for money are now in the business of asking people for votes. This is the part of the election cycle that all that money is supposed to pay for.

The Texas races are fairly low profile. It’s an off year for U.S. Senate contests here — neither John Cornyn nor Ted Cruz is at the end of a term. The attention-getting races for high statewide offices — governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller and so on — will be on the 2018 ballot, but not this one.

Voters will have a handful of statewide races — an open seat on the Texas Railroad Commission and three seats each on the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Every seat in the 36-member congressional delegation is on the ballot. At the moment, only one of those appears to be a close race — the 23rd congressional district, where incumbent Republican Will Hurd of San Antonio has a rematch with Pete Gallego, the Alpine Democrat he defeated two years ago.

Sixteen of the 31 state Senate seats are on the ballot, so half of us will have a senator to elect and half of us will get our chance in two years. The tough campaigns in the Senate were in the March primaries because the districts were drawn to favor one major political party or the other.

All 150 seats in the Texas House are on this year’s ballot, but again, the current redistricting maps squeeze most of the competitive juices out of the general elections. Only 53 of those contests feature candidates from both parties. If the voters there behave like they have over the past several years, they’ll send representatives from the incumbent parties back to Austin.

There are, however, nine incumbent Republicans running in districts where either party’s candidates have a real chance at victory:txtbElex Rodney Anderson of Grand Prairie, Cindy Burkett of Sunnyvale, Rick Galindo and John Lujan of San Antonio,Linda Koop and Kenneth Sheets of Dallas,Wayne Faircloth of Galveston, J.M. Lozano of Kingsville and Gilbert Peña of Pasadena.

None of that is gospel; it’s based on how the voters have voted in the past several elections. The candidates for president this year are interesting, in part, because both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are unpopular with large chunks of the electorate. They’re the kinds of candidates who can make voters think twice about their normal partisan behavior. If something like that were to happen, it could easily affect the state candidates downstream.

How’s that for a caveat?

The maps, along with 97 local decisions by potential candidates to stay out of the fray this year, strongly influence the likely outcomes of general elections, but there are no sure things in politics.

That’s the basis for that cliché you’ll be hearing as surveys and debates and news pop up between now and Nov. 8: The only prediction that counts is the one on Election Day.

More columns from Ross Ramsey:

  • That big political race on the surface hides a very quiet state ballot down below. In fact, a surprising number of the members of the Legislature and of the Texas delegation to Congress face no major-party opposition in November.
  • The symmetry was swell, with confirmation of Rick Perry’s appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” landing on what would have been the 72nd birthday of Molly Ivins, the state’s most famous connoisseur of political humor.
  • Nastiness and politics go together like expensive coffee and free wifi. Presidential races often prompt urges for civility. Even so, the forces of decency, propriety and good tastekinda have a point this year.

Author:  – The Texas Tribune

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