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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Texas Ends Statewide Mask Mandate, Opens State 100%
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Texas Ends Statewide Mask Mandate, Opens State 100%
March 2, 2021
by TWN Staff

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded the state’s face mask mandate Tuesday afternoon, declaring that it’s time for Texans to get back to business.   “Under no circumstance can someone be punished for not wearing a mask,” Abbott said as he was surrounded by local... Read More

Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
In The States
Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
February 23, 2021
by TWN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas - Saturday, May 1, will be the day of the special election to fill the Texas 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated due to the death of Rep. Ron Wright. Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday, adding that candidates who wish to have... Read More

Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril
Immigration
Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril

HOUSTON (AP) — A Tuesday court hearing over a U.S. program shielding immigrants brought to the country illegally as children highlights the peril the program still faces even under an incoming Democratic president who has pledged to protect it. A federal judge in Houston will hear arguments... Read More

National Lawyers Group Seeks Sanctions Against Texas AG
Ethics
National Lawyers Group Seeks Sanctions Against Texas AG

AUSTIN, Texas — A national lawyers group on Monday called for professional licensing bodies to investigate what it called a “breach of ethical rules” by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 17 of his counterparts in red states who sued in the Supreme Court last week... Read More

Cornyn Says Congress Has 'No Reason' to Overturn Electoral College
Political News
Cornyn Says Congress Has 'No Reason' to Overturn Electoral College

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a senior Republican and adviser to the majority leader, said flatly Thursday that President Donald Trump has no realistic path to overturning the election. After weeks of court defeats, he noted, Trump's legal team has yet to show evidence of fraud and ballot tampering despite claims... Read More

TX-17: Pete Sessions (R)
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TX-17: Pete Sessions (R)
November 13, 2020
by TWN Staff

About Sessions: Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Sessions distinguished himself early in life by earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor. In fact, accounts of his early life are absolutely idyllic. He attended Waco public schools until the ninth... Read More

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