Texas Weekly's Hotlist for 5/21

Early voting is under way and candidates have only a few days left before they get the news: In, Out or Runoff. This is the penultimate list for the primaries. Consultants are in full spin mode. Ads are up. Polls are coming out. It is, finally and mercifully, more than two months late, time for the parties to pick their favorites.

You know the drill: We lifted the color scheme from the inventors of the federal terror watch, ranking districts by the threat to each incumbent, to the incumbent party, or just by the level of interest in and heat generated by a particular race, then assigning each group a garish color.

Yellow means there's trouble on the sidewalk.

Orange is trouble on the front porch.

Red is trouble walking in the door.

Open seats are rated by the apparent margin between top candidates (closer is hotter). 

Incumbents are indicated with this: (i). A printable version is attached as a .pdf file.

This is certainly and intentionally subject to argument, and we'll revise and adjust each week, based on interviews, our reporting and your feedback through the May 29 primary. Let us know what you think.

Changes this week:  Raised CD-16, CD-3, CD-4, HD-2, HD-85. Lowered CD-6, CD-30, HD-5, and HD-77. No additions, no subtractions.

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