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 Democratic primary between activist Laura Moser and attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher drew national attention after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an opposition file on Moser in hopes of sinking her campaign.
Rudy Bowles, a candidate in the Democratic runoff for Maverick County judge, is accused of leaving the county party chairman a voicemail in which he makes a demand and promises to call the "damn Zetas" if he does not get his way.
While little separates veteran Dan Crenshaw and state Rep. Kevin Roberts on policy, their Republican runoff has grown nasty as they argue over past Facebook posts and accusations of mudslinging. The winner is likely to end up in Congress.
Two spirited runoffs are underway for the major-party nominations to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio. Joseph Kopser and Mary Wilson are vying for the Democratic nod, while the two Republicans squaring off are Matt McCall and Chip Roy.
The 22nd Congressional District, which includes most of Fort Bend County, has long tilted Republican, but Democrats see an opportunity to change that by reaching out to thousands of non-voters in ethnic communities.
Republican challenger Thomas McNutt lost to Byron Cook in 2016, and Matt Beebe couldn't topple Joe Straus in two attempts. They're running again this year, but with those two powerful incumbents out of the way.
Democratic state Rep. René Oliveira almost avoided a runoff in the primary for House District 37, but his recent arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated has given renewed momentum to challenger Alex Dominguez.
Monty Bennett has spent generously to help state Rep. Lance Gooden win a Republican runoff for a seat in Congress. The pair own property together and, as a state legislator, Gooden passed special interest legislation benefiting Bennett.
Seven Democrats filed to run against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, a Dallas Republican. The race is now down to Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno – two former Obama administration officials who argue Sessions is vulnerable.
It's clear that many Democrats running for office in Texas oppose President Donald Trump. But when asked about a hypothetical impeachment, many Democratic candidates weren't so fast to say "yes" to oust a sitting president.