On March 6, Texas held the first statewide primary of the Trump era. This cycle has an unusually high number of prominent open races, with eight Texans in the U.S. House opting not to run for re-election and more than a dozen in the Texas Legislature doing the same. The Texas Tribune is providing comprehensive coverage of key races and issues across both parties' ballots.
The November general elections are still ahead, but they won't by themselves determine all of the important spots in the Texas Legislature. Watch the empty chairs — they can be almost as important as the occupied ones.
Gov. Greg Abbott is seeking guidance from Attorney General Ken Paxton on whether he can suspend certain laws he believes are standing in the way of a timely special election for the congressional seat recently vacated by Blake Farenthold.
"While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it's time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve," the Corpus Christi Republican, who has been dogged by sexual harassment allegations, said in a statement.
In a North Texas congressional district long represented by U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, Democrats Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno say their experience and know-how will help them flip the district.
Andrew White, a Houston entrepreneur in a Democratic runoff race to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott this fall, rolled out a plan to add 1 million jobs by promoting Texas oil and implementing a statewide mass transit system.
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, says he raked in over $6.7 million for his U.S. Senate bid in the first quarter of 2018. It's an eye-popping number that poses a new category of threat to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.
"Texans aren't afraid," U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday morning in Beaumont. "Texans are strong. Texans are free...Texans are tough." The rally marked the beginning of a 12-city, three-day tour of Texas to kick off Cruz's re-election bid.
In last month's Republican primary, former Texas Water Board Commission Chairman Bech Bruun came in first but by a narrower margin than many expected, drawing more attention to runner-up Michael Cloud ahead of next month's runoff.
Jose "Chito" Vela and Sheryl Cole are the Democrats still competing to represent Texas House District 46 in Central Texas. Find out what where they stand on legalizing marijuana, education spending and "media ninjas" and more in our latest Split Decision campaign debate series.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee telegraphed its preferences Thursday in two primary runoffs for U.S. House seats in Texas, one month after its effort to torpedo a Houston Democrat's congressional bid appeared to backfire.
On this week's TribCast, Emily talked to Evan, Patrick, Alex and Democratic congressional candidate M.J. Hegar about Hegar's impending runoff, the Austin bombings and another client of now-notorious Cambridge Analytica, Ted Cruz.
On this week's TribCast, Emily talks to Ross, Patrick, Jolie and GOP political consultant Tyler Norris about the primary night defeats of several district attorneys and what general election races will be the toughest matchups.