2018 Texas Primaries

Now that we’ve made it past the filing deadline, the 2018 election cycle is in full swing.  

There is a lot of information out there about these Texas legislative races, but nowhere does it exist in one place.  The report that follows contains key information about each race including who is running, key endorsements, cash on hand, and more.

Before we get into the details, here is some high-level information we can glean now that the filing deadline has passed…. 

  • There are 37 house members and 1 state senator who stand a very solid chance at being re-elected since these members didn’t draw either a primary or a general election opponent.  Barring the unexpected, we know 37 legislators will be back.
  • 7 state senators and 39 house members are facing both primary and general election opponents.
  • 6 state senators and 55 house members have no primary opponents but do have a general election opponent to face in November.
  • 1 state senator and 19 house members are facing primary but no general election opponents.  So, whoever wins these races in March effectively become Legislator-Elects.

It’s our hope that you find this report helpful and easy to digest. Please note that we've listed the major endorsements that we've found to date, and we will continue adding new ones as they are announced. We've only covered state legislative races this go around, but if we get positive feedback and good interest, we will expand the report in the next cycle. If you have suggestions on ways we can improve this report, if there’s something you’d like added, or if we’ve made an error you’d like corrected, just let us know.

May the best men and women win!

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STATEWIDE

Incumbents Up for Re-election:

  • Governor - Greg Abbott 
  • Lt Governor - Dan Patrick
  • Attorney General Ken Paxton
  • Comptroller Glenn Hager
  • Land Commissioner - George P. Bush
  • Agricultural Commissioner - Sid Miller
  • Railroad Commissioner - Christi Craddick
  • Supreme Court, Place 2 - Don Willett
  • Supreme Court, Place 4 John Devine
  • Supreme Court, Place 6 Jeff Brown
  • Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7 Barbara Hervey
  • Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 Elsa Alcala
  • Courtt of Criminal Appeals, Place 1 Sharon Keller
  • State Board of Education, District 11 Patricia Hardy
  • State Board of Education, District 12 Geraldine Miller
  • State Board of Education, District 13 Erika Beltran
  • State Board of Education, District 2 Ruben Cortez Jr
  • State Board of Education, District 3 Marisa Perez
  • State Board of Education, District 4 Lawrence Allen Jr
  • State Board of Education, District 7 David Bradley

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Texas Senate

Departing Members:

  • Senate District 8 - Van Taylor

Incumbents Up for Re-election:

  • Senate District 2  -  Bob Hall
  • Senate District 3  -  Robert Nichols
  • Senate District 5  -  Charles Schwertner
  • Senate District 7  -  Paul Bettencourt
  • Senate District 9  -  Kelly Hancock
  • Senate District 10 - Konni Burton
  • Senate District 14 - Kirk Watson
  • Senate District 15 - John Whitmire
  • Senate District 16 - Don Huffines
  • Senate District 17 - Joan Huffman
  • Senate District 23 - Royce West
  • Senate District 25 - Donna Campbell
  • Senate District 30 - Craig Estes
  • Senate District 31  - Kel Seliger

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Texas House

Departing Members:

  • House District 4    -   Lance Gooden
  • House District 8    -   Byron Cook
  • House District 13    -  Leighton Schubert
  • House District 15    -  Mark Keough
  • House District 45  -   Jason Isaac
  • House District 52  -   Larry Gonzales
  • House District 89  -   Jodie Laubenberg
  • House District 106 -  Patrick Fallon
  • House District 109 -  Helen Giddings
  • House District 113 -   Cindy Burkett
  • House District 121 -   Joe Straus
  • House District 126 -  Kevin Roberts

Chair Vacancies: 

  • Speaker - Joe Straus
  • State Affairs - Byron Cook

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