is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune. Patrick logged countless miles on the 2016 campaign trail, covering the many Texas angles of the momentous presidential race. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Candidates across the state are being accused of "district shopping" as opponents question their ties to the places they want to represent. The dynamic is playing out mostly in GOP primaries and particularly in more rural districts. Full Story
The filings were due Friday and shed new light on Texas' massive U.S. House battlefield, which includes seven Democrat-targeted seats, six open seats, two Republican-targeted seats and a couple of serious primary challenges. Full Story
Democrats had hoped the race would build momentum for their push to take control of the Texas House in November. The Houston-area contest garnered national attention and overshadowed two other special election runoffs for House districts Tuesday. Full Story
Texas House District 28 is getting wide attention from Democrats, but it is far from the most competitive legislative district on their radar this year, and Republicans are confident ahead of a special election runoff Tuesday. Full Story
The anti-tax Club for Growth on Thursday backed the Fort Worth congresswoman's primary challenger, Chris Putnam, ensuring that the race will remain action-packed even after she secured the president's backing last month. Full Story