The filing deadline in the CD-36 GOP primary has been extended to Dec. 16, the Republican Party of Texas announced late Tuesday afternoon. The reason is the withdrawal of the incumbent, Steve Stockman, who opted on Monday to run for the U.S. Senate.
Stockman's action triggered a provision of the Election Code that extends the filing deadline if a candidate "holds the office for which the application was made and withdraws or is declared ineligible on the date of the regular filing deadline or the first day after the date of the regular filing deadline."
The filing extension, though, "applies only to the primary election of the political party" of the withdrawn candidate. So if Democrats were looking to re-open their candidate list, they are out of luck.
The RPT said the following dates will be available for filing:
- Dec. 11
- Dec. 12
- Dec. 13
- Dec. 16