TEXAS SENATE

November 3, 2018 by TEXAS SENATE

Incumbent: Ted Cruz (R)

Challenger: Beto O’Rourke (D)

Current polling: Ted Cruz (R) 50, Beto O’Rourke (D) 47, (Emerson, 10/30)

Why this race matters: Conventional wisdom (and polls) suggest that Cruz is going to win in Texas, where Democratic candidates face almost insurmountable hurdles statewide. However, this year Democrat Beto O’Rourke has mounted a credible challenge to Ted Cruz, bringing in unprecedented fundraising hauls despite his refusal to take corporate PAC money. On paper, the numbers are not in O’Rourke’s favor, but there is no denying that he has inspired voters in the Lone Star State, so this will be one to watch on Election Day, with a Republican statewide lock uncertain in 2020 and beyond.

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Cruz Victorious: Court Declares Campaign Loan Repayment Rule Unconstitutional
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Cruz Victorious: Court Declares Campaign Loan Repayment Rule Unconstitutional
June 7, 2021
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal court in Washington struck down a provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act last week, declaring it unconstitutional after Sen. Ted Cruz complained it barred him from repaying the $260,000 he lent himself during his 2018 campaign. The ruling is a victory... Read More

Former Texas Public Utility Commissioners Issue Report on Preventing Grid Failure
In The States
Former Texas Public Utility Commissioners Issue Report on Preventing Grid Failure
June 4, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Five former Public Utility Commission of Texas commissioners and a senior regulatory advisor published a report detailing recommendations on how to improve the reliability of the state’s electric grid during extreme weather events. In their report, the commissioners identified problems that contributed to... Read More

Texas Legislature to Convene Special Session on Voting Bill
In The States
Texas Legislature to Convene Special Session on Voting Bill
June 2, 2021
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — In response to Texas Democrats' quorum-breaking walkout in opposition to overhauls of the state’s elections near the close of the session over the weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would convene a special session this summer. “We will be back — when, I... Read More

Texas GOP to Revive Voting Bill, Democrats Plot Next Move
In The States
Texas GOP to Revive Voting Bill, Democrats Plot Next Move

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pressed ahead with their push for tougher election laws Tuesday, vowing to ensure Democrats' weekend victory over one of the most restrictive voting measures in the country would only be temporary.  GOP Gov. Greg Abbott prepared to call lawmakers back... Read More

Could Beto Be Back? O'Rourke Mulling Bid for Texas Governor
In The States
Could Beto Be Back? O'Rourke Mulling Bid for Texas Governor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There's no road trip, no soul searching. No beard or blogging. But Beto O'Rourke is making a political life decision again. Three years after becoming Democrats' breakout star out of Texas, and a year removed from crashing back to Earth in a... Read More

Texas House Seat to be Decided in July 27 Runoff Election
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Texas House Seat to be Decided in July 27 Runoff Election
May 23, 2021
by Dan McCue

North Texas’s 6th Congressional District will be the next battleground in which Republicans are asked to choose between the party’s traditions and a more Trumpian future. The state has scheduled a special runoff election on July 27, between Susan Wright and state Rep. Jake Ellzey, the... Read More

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