For our list of the most competitive races in Texas congressional and legislative elections, we lifted the color scheme from the inventors of the federal terror watch, ranking races by the threat to each incumbent, to the incumbent party, or just by the level of interest and heat generated.
Yellow means there's trouble on the sidewalk. Orange is trouble on the front porch. Red is trouble walking in the door.
Incumbents' are indicated by an (i). An asterisk (*) indicates an open seat where the incumbent either didn't run or lost in the first round of voting; those are rated by the apparent competitiveness of top candidates (closer = hotter). This is certainly and intentionally subject to argument, and we'll revise and adjust as the May 27 runoffs approach. Let us know what you think.
Changes this week: Added the primary race margins and bolded the names of the first-round winners; demoted HD-76 to yellow.