The Texan’s War Room is a comprehensive look at the latest on the most pivotal campaigns of the 2022 elections in the Lone Star State.

Notes: Asterisk (*) on campaign finance tables indicates incumbent. The next filing report for state races has a deadline of Jan. 18, 2022 and includes the period covering 7/1/2021-12/31/2021. The next filing report for congressional races has a deadline of Jan. 31, 2022 and includes the period covering 10/1/2021-12/31/2021.

Statewide Races

Governor

Current: Greg Abbott

Background

In the 2022 midterm elections, the top race on ballots in Texas will be for governor. The current head of the executive branch in the Lone Star State is Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking reelection for his third term. He handily won the Republican primaries in 2014 and 2018 with over 90 percent of the vote each time and won the general elections with 59 percent and 56 percent those years, respectively.

This year, though, Abbott is facing several challengers within his own party who are more well funded and have broader name recognition than his previous opponents. Conservative humorist Chad Prather was the first well-known challenger to join the primary, followed by former state Sen. Don Huffines. And in July 2021, former Florida Congressman Allen West resigned from his position as the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas in order to join the gubernatorial race as well.

Former Senate and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is the frontrunner in the Democratic primary.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Greg Abbott (R)* $65,364,789.11 $9,600,656.85 $18,906,299.11 $0.00
Beto O’Rourke (D) $4,755,176.39 $3,690,970.38 $8,951,637.80 $0.00
Don Huffines (R) $3,678,196.03 $5,695,728.05 $2,007,087.91 $5,000,000.00
Allen West (R) $166,190.39 $1,253,936.95 $1,979,300.03 $0.00
Chad Prather (R) $20,538.79 $116,514.62 $108,512.00 $0.00
Mark Tippetts (L) $3,899.96 $212.44 $14,336.65 $0.00
Joy Diaz (D) $2,865.10 $4,700.12 $3,620.00 $0.00
Michael Cooper (D) $2,706.56 $660.35 $6,981.00 $0.00
Paul Belew (R) $1,000.00 $7,800.00 $1,000.00 $7,800.00
Inocencio Barrientez (D) $679.83 $4,315.21 $200.00 $0.00
Delilah Barrios (G) $611.12 $3,750.00 $3,435.00 $0.00
Danny Harrison (R) $0.00 $67,289.55 $337.87 $0.00
Deirdre Gilbert (I) $250.00 $14,250.53 $61,670.33 $0.00
Rick Perry (R) $0.00 $48.53 $3,750.00 $0.00
Rich Wakeland (D) $0.00 $3,750.00 $0.00 $3,350.00
Kandy Kaye Horn (R)
R. Star Locke (D)
Chioma Okoro (I)
Jal Ray Dennis (I)
Jorge Alberto Franco (I)
Jeremy Joseph Rios (I)
Ricardo Turullols-Bonilla (I)
Sean Sharp (I)
Raul I. Cortina (I)
Reginald E. Jennings II (I)
Justin Ryan Cunneen (I)
Demetra Jefferson Wysinger (I)
Fidel Two Bears Castillo (L)

Notes: Campaign finance numbers for Gov. Abbott are taken from his candidate/office-holder account and his Texans for Greg Abbott SPAC.

Coverage

Polling

  • December 2-6, 2021: Quinnipiac University (1,224 registered voters; +/-2.8% margin of error)
    • (Total Voters): 52% for Abbott; 37% for O’Rourke; 4% for “someone else”; 1% “wouldn’t vote”; 6% don’t know
  • November 9-16, 2021: UT Tyler (1,106 registered voters; +/-2.9% margin of error)
    • (520 GOP Primary Voters): 65% for Abbott; 18% don’t know; 6% for West; 6% for Prather; 3% for Huffines; 3% would “vote for someone else”
    • (Total Voters): 45% for Abbott; 39% for O’Rourke; 16% for someone else
  • June 22-29, 2021: UT Tyler (1,090 registered voters; +/-3.0% margin of error)
    • (440 GOP Primary Voters): 77% for Abbott; 12% for Huffines; 11% for someone else
    • (477 GOP Primary Voters): 52% for Abbott; 22% for “someone more like Donald Trump”; 13% for “a more conservative Republican”; 12% for “a more centrist Republican”
    • (Total Voters): 46% for Abbott; 22% for Huffines; 32% for someone else
    • (Total Voters): 39% for Abbott; 38% for Matthew McConaughey; 23% for someone else
    • (Total Voters): 45% for Abbott; 33% for O’Rourke; 22% for someone else
  • April 6-13, 2021: UT Tyler (1,126 registered voters; +/-2.9% margin of error)
    • (508 GOP Primary Voters): 47% for Abbott; 20% for “a more centrist Republican”; 18% for “someone more like Donald Trump”; 14% for “a more conservative Republican”
    • (Total Voters): 45% for Matthew McConaughey; 33% for Abbott 22% for someone else

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Lieutenant Governor

Current: Dan Patrick

Background

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is seeking his third term as the state’s second-ranking executive and the presiding officer of the Texas Senate. Patrick has held the role since he ousted former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the 2014 Republican primary runoff with 65 percent of the vote. He won the general election with 58 percent in 2014 and then again in 2018 with 51.3 percent against the Democratic nominee, Mike Collier, who received 46.5 percent.

Collier is now challenging Patrick again for the position, hoping that the scales tip toward Democrats’ favor even more than in their 2018 successes, but is joined in the Democratic primary by state Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) and Carla Brailey.

In the Republican primary, Patrick faces five candidates: Trayce Bradford, Todd Bullis, Daniel Miller, Aaron Sorrells, and Zach Vance.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Dan Patrick (R)* $25,129,527.25 $1,655,660.45 $2,902,455.91 $0.00
Mike Collier (D) $520,417.50 $565,868.71 $826,861.54 $450,500.00
Carla Brailey (D) $33,290.52 $6,199.36 $39,489.88 $0.00
Michelle Beckley (D) $15,315.24 $42,230.24 $32,386.43 $0.00
Todd Bullis (R) $5,244.05 $4,398.53 $5,244.05 $0.00
Daniel Miller (R) $5,122.69 $22,872.31 $27,995.00 $0.00
Trayce Bradford (R) $4,771.35 $6,987.07 $8,666.75 $250.00
Zach Vance (R) $76.77 $4,160.64 $23.97 $3,900.00
Shanna Steele (L) $23.79 $1.21 $25.00 $0.00
Aaron Sorrells (R) $0.00 $17,297.70 $3,998.30 $22,300.00
Deauc Nash Dentaen (I)
Jason Eric Withers (I)

Note: Campaign finance numbers for Lt. Gov. Patrick are taken from his COH account and his Texans for Dan Patrick SPAC.

Coverage

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Attorney General

Current: Ken Paxton

Background

Among the most heated primary races in Texas is the GOP race for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). Current Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking reelection, but after several of his senior aides accused him of abuse of office and eventually filed a whistleblower lawsuit after being fired, other Republicans who have also been elected to a statewide position see an opportunity.

George P. Bush, the current land commissioner, announced his campaign in early June 2021, and later that month Eva Guzman resigned from her position on the Texas Supreme Court in order to launch her campaign for the OAG. In November 2021, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01) also launched a bid for the office.

In 2018, Paxton won reelection against a challenge from Democrat Justin Nelson in one of the closest statewide races. Nelson campaigned heavily on Paxton’s indictment for securities fraud. Paxton received 50.6 percent, while Nelson received 47 percent and Michael Ray Harris, a Libertarian candidate, received 2.4 percent.

Democrats have a field of five candidates in the primary: Mike Fields, Rochelle Garza, Joe Jaworski, Lee Merritt, and S. “TBone” Raynor.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Ken Paxton (R)* $7,513,663.76 $2,058,381.91 $2,769,969.34 $125,000.00
George P. Bush (R) $3,150,347.37 $1,783,855.24 $1,936,967.85 $0.00
Eva Guzman (R) $2,006,080.93 $2,635,639.43 $3,676,835.19 $0.00
Louie Gohmert (R) $881,977.37 $126,461.46 $1,003,891.13 $0.00
Joe Jaworski (D) $158,301.91 $827,838.75 $453,184.79 $0.00
Lee Merritt (D) $30,523.04 $449,984.60 $404,615.28 $0.00
Mike Fields (D) $0.00 $3,750.00 $0.00 $0.00
Rochelle Garza (D) $0.00 $17,931.26 $119,915.55 $0.00
S. TBone Raynor (D) $0.00 $3,750.00 $0.00 $0.00
Mark Ash (L) $0.00 $3,750.00 $0.00 $0.00

Coverage

Polling

  • November 9-16, 2021: UT Tyler (1,106 registered voters; +/-2.9% margin of error)
    • (401 GOP Primary Voters): 46% for Paxton; 32% for Bush; 7% for Guzman; 7% for someone else; 8% don’t know
  • June 22-29, 2021: UT Tyler (1,090 registered voters; 337 GOP primary voters +/-3.0% margin of error)
    • Paxton: 42%
    • Bush: 34%
    • Guzman: 4%
    • Someone else: 12%
    • I don’t know: 8%

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Agriculture Commissioner

Current: Sid Miller

Background

While the current Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller, mulled the idea of running for a higher office, he ultimately decided to seek reelection to his current position in 2022. But that reelection won’t come without any opposition in the Republican primary, which has two other candidates: state Rep. James White (R-Hillister) and Carey Counsil.

Two Democrats have also filed to run for the position: Susan Hays and Ed Ireson.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Sid Miller (R)* $248,519.92 $256,975.84 $126,416.00 $200,000.00
James White (R) $103,545.62 $43,005.60 $90,665.24 $0.00
Susan Hays (D) $56,051.30 $7,271.65 $62,870.22 $0.00
Ed Ireson (D) $2,925.00 $21.49 $2,925.00 $0.00
Carey Counsil (R) $200.00 $2,223.79 $200.00 $0.00

Coverage

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Land Commissioner

Current: George P. Bush

Background

With the current head of the General Land Office (GLO), George P. Bush, running for attorney general instead of reelection, the position will be open for another person to fill.

Republican candidates in the race include Ben Armenta, Victor Avila, state Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), Rufus Lopez, Weston Martinez, Don Minton, Jon Spiers, and Tim Westley.

Democrats in the race include Jay Kleberg, Michael Lange, Sandragrace Martinez, and Jinny Suh.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Dawn Buckingham (R) $1,814,788.47 $451,703.29 $616,357.76 $0.00
Jay Kleberg (D) $368,851.23 $89,280.90 $526,170.00 $0.00
Jon Spiers (R) $68,176.91 $116,708.77 $72,035.00 $112,000.00
Ben Armenta (R) $28,171.77 $46,993.19 $25,060.00 $50,000.00
Jinny Suh (D) $18,419.80 $37,698.69 $32,296.87 $19,761.26
Victor Avila (R) $12,899.20 $85.80 $12,985.00 $0.00
Weston Martinez (R) $5,000.00 $100,000.00
Michael Lange (D) $2,535.58 $9,250.31 $1,365.00 $22,847.47
Sandragrace Martinez (D) $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Don Minton (R) $800.00 $4,431.00 $100.00 $4,500.00
Tim Westley (R) $80.10 $3,978.93 $8,688.77 $0.00
Rufus Lopez (R)
Alfred Molison (G)

Coverage

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Railroad Commissioner

Current: Wayne Christian

Background

Current chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), Wayne Christian, is up for re-election for a second term in the position. The RRC regulates the state’s prolific oil and gas industry and is again a target for Texas Democrats and their environmentalist allies. 

Democratic activist Luke Warford is the minority party’s pick to challenge for the seat this year.

But Christian first faces a primary field consisting of Tom Slocum, Sarah Stogner, Marvin “Sarge” Summers, and Dawayne Tipton. Two third-party candidates are also running, Hunter Crow on the Green Party ticket and Jaime Andres Diez for the Libertarian Party.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Wayne Christian (R)* $835,429.55 $102,483.72 $333,083.29 $0.00
Luke Warford (D) $85,755.01 $68,092.11 $129,666.00 $23,561.12
Dawayne Tipton (R) $4,158.00 $5,368.02 $5,525.00 $4,200.00
Jaime Andres Diez (L) $7.00 $612.26 $4,650.00 $0.00
Hunter Crow (G) $0.00 $3,750.00 $3,750.00 $0.00
Tom Slocum (R)
Sarah Stogner (R)
Marvin Sarge Summers (R)

Coverage

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Comptroller

Current: Glenn Hegar

Background

Glenn Hegar, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, is up for re-election in 2022. The state’s fiscal officer is seeking his third term.

He faces Republican challenger Mark Goloby in the primary. Three Democrats are running for their party’s nomination: Janet Dudding, Tim Mahoney, and Angel Luis Vega. An independent candidate, Michael Pepos Berlanga, and a Libertarian candidate, Alonzo Echevarria-Garza, are also running.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Glenn Hegar (R)* $9,266,188.03 $177,012.74 $808,800.32 $0.00
Janet Dudding (D) $11,260.32 $873.86 $11,175.00 $50,873.86
Angel Luis Vega (D) $145.02 $4,172.80 $151.00 $0.00
Mark Goloby (R) $0.00 $3,948.56 $0.00 $550.00
Tim Mahoney (D) $0.00 $17,909.95 $4,267.51 $17,909.95
Michael Pepos Berlanga (I)
V. Alonzo Echevarria-Garza (L)

Coverage

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State Senate Races

Senate District 8

TPI: R-60%

Background

One of two Senate Republicans to face a primary challenge 2022, Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney) has been criticized by her GOP opponent, Matt Rostami, for legislation that she authored in 2019 that was seen as beneficial to her husband, Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was under indictment for securities fraud. Notably, former President Donald Trump endorsed Paxton in her reelection bid.

One Democrat, Jonathan Cocks, is also running for the district.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Angela Paxton (R)* $788,323.41 $214,768.96 $293,248.40 $1,205,958.48
Matt Rostami (R) $19,683.61 $63,810.70 $8,544.88 $32,550.00
Jonathan Cocks (D) $1,526.53 $15,905.73 $1,450.00 $750.00

Coverage

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Senate District 10

TPI: R-60%

Background

Sen. Beverly Powell (D-Burleson) won this seat in 2018 and is the only Democrat in the race. During the special session on redistricting, the Texas legislature redrew Senate District 10 to be considerably more favorable to the GOP. 

Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) and attorney Warren Norred are running for the Republican nomination. Mark P. Jones, a political scientist at Rice University, ranked King the 40th most conservative lawmaker during the regular session. Norred represented Dallas County Commissioner J.J. Koch (R-District 2) in his lawsuit against county Judge Clay Jenkins’ mask mandate.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Beverly Powell (D)* $0.00 $79,361.09 $29,252.60 $161,246.12
Phil King (R) $1,041,425.71 $151,972.98 $642,800.29 $0.00
Warren Norred (R) $78,409.21 $81,577.11 $49,465.62 $108,627.61

Coverage

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Senate District 11

TPI: R-60%

Background

The race to succeed retiring Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) may be the most-watched Senate primary this year. State Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville), chair of the Texas House Freedom Caucus, has jumped in and it was his self-financing ability that discouraged Taylor from running for re-election

Texas’ RNC Committeeman and physician, Robin Armstrong, is also in the race along with Houston businessman Bob Mitchell and GOP activist Bianca Garcia. Middleton boasts the endorsement of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who leads the Texas Senate, and former President Donald Trump, while Armstrong has the support of Attorney General Ken Paxton.

No Democrats filed for the race.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Mayes Middleton (R) $1,334,156.02 $383,340.87 $1,685,523.00 $0.00
Robin Armstrong (R) $127,389.00 $1,250.00 $91,789.00 $0.00
Bob Mitchell (R) $100.00 $1,250.00 $100.00 $0.00
Bianca Gracia (R) $0.00 $0.00 $29,200.00 $29,050.00

Coverage

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Senate District 12

TPI: R-60%

Background

The retirement of Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), who served as the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, left her Denton County Senate district open for a new successor. Only two candidates are competing for the GOP nomination: state Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and Dallas businessman Chris Russell.

Two Democrats are also competing for the district: Francine Ly and Ferdi Mongo.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Tan Parker (R) $1,007,541.75 $223,114.10 $545,348.86 $0.00
Chris Russell (R) $2,650.00 $0.00 $1,200.00 $0.00
Francine Ly (D) $781.67 $3,027.02 $1,308.69 $1,000.00
Ferdi Mongo (D) $0.00 $0.00 $1,474.71 $0.00

Coverage

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Senate District 15 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-64%

Background

Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston), the longest-serving member of the chamber, is the only Democratic state senator facing a primary challenger in 2022: registered nurse Molly Cook. Seizing on Whitmire’s plan to run for mayor in 2023, Cook has framed herself as a more progressive successor to the longtime politician, boasting an endorsement from the Democratic Socialists of America. Whitmire is no moderate, however; analyst Mark P. Jones ranks him the third most liberal member of the 87th Texas Senate, trailing fellow Houstonite Boris Miles (D-Houston) and Sarah Eckhardt (D-Austin).

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
John Whitmire (D)* $11,772,755.50 $227,797.24 $407,990.00 $0.00
Molly Cook (D) $15,847.60 $7,309.68 $29,531.27 $6,019.00

Coverage

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Senate District 24 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-62%

Background

SD 24 is currently held by Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Kerrville), who is leaving the legislature in a bid to succeed George P. Bush at the General Land Office (GLO). Three candidates are vying to take her place in the safe Republican district: Castroville home builder Raul Reyes, retired Temple teacher Lamar Lewis, and former state senator Pete Flores, who picked up SD 19 in a special election in 2018 before being voted out in 2020. Notably, Flores has received endorsements from Donald Trump, Gov. Greg Abbott, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Pete Flores (R) $355,680.63 $78,343.06 $427,660.00 $0.00
Raul Reyes (R) $142,352.05 $45,177.35 $172,155.00 $15,000.00
Lamar Lewis (R) $22,130.00 $7,769.87 $29,900.00 $20,000.00

Coverage

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Senate District 25 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-63%

Background

Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) is one of two Republican senators facing a primary challenge in 2022. Her sole challenger is Lakeway financial professional Channon Cain, who has portrayed himself as the more conservative choice, amplifying outside analyses that blame Campbell for the death of a bill to reform the “10-day rule” and a ranking from Rice University fellow Mark P. Jones that places her the second most liberal Republican in the Senate.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Donna Campbell (R)* $1,104,602.36 $106,730.07 $115,223.50 $0.00
Channon Cain (R) $18,411.83 $23,428.11 $18,246.55 $25,000.00

Coverage

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Senate District 27

TPI: D-56%

Background

After the retirement of Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville), the race for SD 27 in South Texas is expected to be the most competitive election in the state Senate.

Four Democrats have launched bids to succeed Lucio, including his former primary challenger, Sara Stapleton-Barrera; state Rep. Alex Dominguez (D-Brownsville); McAllen attorney and businesswoman Morgan LaMantia; and former congressional candidate Salomon Torres

The Democratic nominee to replace Lucio will face off against one of three possible Republicans in November: Adam Hinojosa, Israel Salina, or Raul Torres. One Independent candidate, Javier Rene Navarro, also filed a declaration of intent with the secretary of state.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Morgan Lamantia (D) $601,532.88 $290,127.12 $141,660.00 $750,000.00
Alex Dominguez (D) $125,987.15 $29,797.06 $35,903.62 $110,000.00
Adam Hinojosa (R) $5,836.00 $99.00 $5,935.00 $50,000.00
Sara Stapleton Barrera (D) $2,815.58 $100,804.99 $11,778.00 $110,025.00
Salomon Torres (D) $2,222.98 $1,792.02 $2,515.00 $6,851.52
Raul Torres (R) $409.66 $3,590.34 $1,000.00 $2,977.02
Israel Salina (R) $19.21 $1,667.61 $1,535.80 $11.00
Javier Rene Navarro (I)

Coverage

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Senate District 31 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-80%

Background

West Texas oilman Kevin Sparks, with the help of Trump’s and Patrick’s support, succeeded in pushing out incumbent Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo). Sparks had already launched a primary challenge to Seliger, but it became an open seat when the senator opted out of re-election. Now in the primary, Sparks will face fellow GOP candidates Stormy Bradley, Jesse Quackenbush, and Tim Reid.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Kevin Sparks (R) $907,145.00 $463,159.61 $905,772.40 $0.00
Tim Reid (R) $11,275.00 $3,578.65 $11,275.00 $2,700.00
Stormy Bradley (R) $1,642.75 $37,704.30 $39,347.05 $0.00
Jesse Quackenbush (R) $0.00 $8,925.58 $0.00 $12,000.00

Coverage

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State House Races

House District 1 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-75%

Background

State Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) has two primary challengers vying for the nomination for this safely Republican seat: rancher Ray Null and former state Rep. George Lavender, who held House District (HD) 1 from 2011 to 2015.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Gary VanDeaver (R)* $192,395.20 $43,305.88 $70,700.31 $0.00
George Lavender (R) $1,200.00 $2,965.00 $1,200.00 $2,870.00
Ray Null (R)

Coverage

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House District 11 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-76%

Background

In this deep East Texas district, Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) is facing three primary opponents. Republicans Greg Caldwell, who is self-employed, rancher Mark Williams, and Rachel Hale, a salesperson, are seeking the nomination.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Travis Clardy (R)* $303,363.11 $46,926.55 $129,525.35 $0.00
Greg Caldwell (R) $11,567.08 $3,438.92 $15,006.00 $0.00
Rachel Hale (R) $0.00 $6,797.50 $21,869.07 $0.00
Mark Williams (R)

Coverage

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House District 13 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-72%

Background

With the retirement of Rep. Ben Leman (R-Anderson), lawmakers shifted the boundaries of his district northward so that the district now includes a portion of Waco in McLennan County, as well as the entire counties of Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Leon, and Limestone.

Two GOP candidates are competing for the safely Republican district: Angelia Orr, a former district clerk and district director for Rep. Cody Harris (R-Palestine), and Dennis Wilson, who recently retired as the Limestone County Sheriff.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Angelia Orr (R) $102,439.48 $17,208.68 $57,652.02 $60,001.40
Dennis Wilson (R) $6,165.65 $4,344.35 $10,510.00 $0.00

Coverage

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House District 17 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-64%

Background

After the retirement of Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart), lawmakers shifted the boundaries of HD 17 northward to include Burleson and Milam counties in addition to Caldwell, Bastrop, and Lee counties.

Five Republicans are competing for the seat: Jen Bezner, Stan Gerdes, Tom Glass, Paul Pape, and Trey Rutledge.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Paul Pape (R) $100,668.73 $4,265.00 $3,350.00 $100,000.00
Stan Gerdes (R) $80,113.82 $2,465.90 $76,829.72 $5,000.00
Tom Glass (R) $11,463.07 $36,499.98 $47,386.92 $5,000.00
Jen Bezner (R) $4,434.08 $7,787.29 $6,840.00 $0.00
Trey Rutledge (R) $888.22 $4,551.11 $1,051.00 $4,388.33

Coverage

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House District 18 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-83%

Background

In a district that heavily favors Republicans, Rep. Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd) is facing three primary opponents, Janis Holt, Stephen Missick, and Ronnie “Bubba” Tullos. Bailes was among nine GOP state representatives who joined Democrats to support the expansion of Medicaid in Texas.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Ernest Bailes (R)* $163,198.60 $108,426.53 $197,641.00 $0.00
Janis Holt (R) $30,080.49 $42,293.25 $4,880.47 $72,325.00
Ronnie Tullos (R) $132.36 $817.64 $200.00 $0.00
Stephen Missick (R) $0.00 $839.76 $0.00 $0.00

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House District 19 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-73%

Background

With Rep. James White (R-Hillister) opting to run for agriculture commissioner instead of reelection, his East Texas district was relocated to the Hill Country and parts of Travis County. Four Republicans are vying for the seat: Justin Berry, Nubia Devine, Perla Hopkins, and Ellen Troxclair.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Ellen Troxclair (R) $433,648.20 $50,955.11 $86,041.93 $50,000.00
Justin Berry (R) $53,856.25 $29,412.44 $39,374.00 $0.00
Nubia Devine (R) $16,000.01 $6,770.21 $24,800.00 $0.00
Perla Hopkins (R) $570.06 $920.00 $570.42 $100.00

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House District 22 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-61%

Background

Texas House fixture Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont) announced in November that he would step down from the seat he has held for 23 years. The candidates competing for the nomination to replace him are Joseph Paul Trahan, educator Lisa Weber, and Deshotel’s former chief of staff Christian “Manuel” Hayes.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Joseph Paul Trahan (D) $29,075.00 $1,664.46 $19,075.00 $0.00
Christian Hayes (D) $6,400.00 $274.96 $6,400.00 $0.00
Lisa Weber (D) $0.00 $0.00 $100.00 $0.00

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House District 23 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-61%

Background

With the incumbent of HD 23, Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville), running for SD 11, the Republican-leaning seat in Galveston and Chambers counties is open for a new member to take office in 2023. Four Republicans are competing for the GOP nomination: Patrick Gurski, Abel Longoria, Gina Smith, and Terri Leo-Wilson.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Abel Longoria (R) $151,351.00 $12,512.72 $163,863.72 $0.00
Terri Leo-Wilson (R) $93,623.74 $9,056.66 $680.40 $102,000.00
Gina Smith (R) $60,925.00 $775.00 $61,700.00 $0.00
Patrick Gurski (R) $208.90 $4,941.43 $10,125.00 $9,732.53

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House District 31

TPI: R-57%

Background

After his South Texas district was redrawn to favor Republicans, Rep. Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City) announced that he was changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. 

In his reelection bid, Guillen will compete with two other candidates for the GOP nomination: Alena Berlanga and Mike Monreal. One Democrat, Martha Gutierrez, is also running for the seat.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Ryan Guillen (R)* $660,090.08 $163,645.72 $279,995.04 $0.00
Mike Monreal (R) $27,047.70 $30,118.09 $38,324.00 $17,000.00
Alena Berlanga (R)
Martha Gutierrez (D)

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House District 37

TPI: R-53%

Background

The Rio Grande Valley district held by Rep. Alex Dominguez (D-Brownsville) — who was drawn into HD 38 and is now running for SD 27 — was redistricted so that its population anchor is now in Harlingen instead of Brownsville, making it a competitive seat that could potentially swing toward Republicans.

Six candidates are competing for the seat. The Republican primary includes Janie Lopez and George Rivera. The Democratic primary includes Ruben Cortez, Frank Puente, and Luis Villarreal, Jr. One Independent, Arnoldo Alonso, also filed a declaration of intent with the secretary of state.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Ruben Cortez (D) $49,678.76 $23,431.24 $83,110.00 $0.00
George Rivera (R) $40,881.12 $15,488.30 $54,775.00 $1,594.42
Luis Villarreal (D) $39,759.47 $63,340.53 $61,650.00 $35,500.00
Janie Lopez (R) $35,764.00 $1,695.67 $35,854.75 $923.92
Frank Puente (D)
Arnoldo Alonso (I)

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House District 38 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-69%

Background

With Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) not seeking reelection, the Democrat-leaning Brownsville district is open for a new member to take office in 2023. Two Democrats are competing: Erin Gamez and Jonathan Gracia.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Erin Gamez (D) $0.00 $72,170.49 $35,056.00 $0.00
Jonathan Garcia (D) $15,144.40 $96,350.48 $60,900.00 $50,000.00

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House District 50 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-76%

Background

Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) announced that she was exploring a bid to run for mayor of Austin and that she would not seek reelection to the Texas House, leaving her Travis County seat open.

After his Williamson County district was redrawn to favor Republicans, Rep. James Talarico (D-Austin) decided to run for Israel’s seat.

But one other Democrat is running against Talarico in the primary, David Alcorta.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
James Talarico (D) $216,765.07 $108,471.53 $204,608.25 $0.00
David Alcorta (D) $139.82 $909.18 $1,049.00 $0.00

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House District 51 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-84%

Background

With Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) running for Congress in the new boundaries of Texas’ 35th Congressional District, his solid blue seat will be open for a new member to take office in 2023. The crowded Democratic primary includes seven candidates: Cody Arn, Albino “Bino” Cadenas, Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores, Mike Hendrix, Claire Campos-O’Neal, Cynthia Valadez-Mata, and Matt Worthington.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores (D) $108,469.23 $18,270.85 $128,068.35 $0.00
Matt Worthington (D) $50,873.61 $18,084.39 $68,958.00 $0.00
Claire Campos-O’Neal (D) $8,853.00 $2,633.51 $8,853.00 $1,500.00
Albino “Bino” Cadenas (D) $3,080.00 $1,693.00 $3,080.00 $1,693.00
Cynthia Valadez-Mata (D) $2,200.70 $869.31 $2,320.01 $0.00
Cody Arn (D) $731.06 $1,851.63 $1,685.00 $0.00
Mike Hendrix (D)

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House District 52

TPI: R-55%

Background

With Rep. James Talarico (D-Round Rock) running in a different district, the Williamson County seat is open for a new member to take office in 2023. Though redrawn to shift its TPI from D-53% to R-55%, the district remains one of the most competitive in the state.

Four Republicans are competing in the GOP primary: Caroline Harris, Nelson Jarrin, Patrick McGuinness, and Jonathan Schober. One Democrat, Luis Echegaray, is also running for the seat.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Patrick McGuinnes (R) $351,811.44 $57,905.18 $11,935.71 $400,000.00
Nelson Jarrin (R) $123,698.62 $30,063.78 $129,720.70 $50,000.00
Caroline Harris (R) $40,412.94 $16,567.45 $56,980.39 $0.00
Luis Echegaray (D) $10,176.43 $2,244.85 $10,595.00 $1,288.14
Jonathan Schober (R) $6,590.60 $5,639.96 $9,821.91 $600.00

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House District 53 (Republican Primary)

TPI: D-76%

Background

Among the state House incumbents facing a primary opponent is Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction). He faces a former congressional candidate who finished third in the 11th Congressional District primary in 2020, Wesley Virdell. The district is solidly red, and so the primary winner will likely skate through the November general election.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Andrew Murr (R)* $175,764.95 $99,337.84 $91,050.00 $0.00
Wesley Virdell (R) $13,319.81 $15,705.19 $29,192.50 $0.00

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House District 57 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-60%

Background

With high population growth in the suburban counties surrounding the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, HD 57 was relocated from East Texas to Denton County and favors Republicans with an R-60% TPI.

Three Republicans are competing for the seat: Matthew Haines, Richard Hayes, and Matthew Poole. No Democrats are running in the district.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Richard Hayes (R) $58,500.79 $85,031.31 $133,090.00 $0.00
Matthew Haines (R) $23,000.00 $23,702.64 $23,500.00 $23,000.00
Matthew Poole (R) $538.14 $3,758.86 $1,393.82 $538.14

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House District 60 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-84%

Background

Rep. Glenn Rogers (R-Graford) is facing three primary challengers in this heavily Republican district. Dr. Mike Olcott, former Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall, and Lucas Turner are hoping to unseat Rogers to represent the district, which includes Stephens, Palo Pinto, and Parker counties. During redistricting, Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) was drawn into House District 60, but King is running for SD 10 instead.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Glenn Rogers (R)* $121,270.17 $127,936.52 $222,525.18 $79,100.00
Mike Olcott (R) $402,770.21 $22,178.82 $124,244.86 $300,000.00
Kit Marshall (R) $12,325.22 $28,374.78 $40,700.00 $0.00
Lucas Turner (R) $0.00 $750.00 $0.00 $0.00

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House District 61

TPI: R-58%

Background

Another district was relocated to accommodate the booming population of Collin County and was drawn to favor Republicans.

Three Republicans are competing for the seat: Paul Chabot, Frederick Frazier, and Jim Herblin. One Democrat, Sheena King, is also running for the district.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Frederick Frazeier (R) $128,818.90 $54,908.87 $167,264.18 $20,000.00
Jim Herblin (R) $97,480.43 $49,857.54 $124,882.17 $22,868.80
Paul Chabot (R) $94,067.53 $51,913.19 $63,892.28 $100,000.00
Sheena King (D) $10,354.69 $500.00 $10,854.69 $0.00

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House District 62 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-62%

Background

Rep. Reggie Smith (R-Sherman) is competing for the GOP nomination against Shelley Luther, who previously lost a special election for SD 30 to Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster). Luther rose to prominence in 2020 when she reopened her salon in Dallas in defiance of one of Governor Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 executive orders. A Democratic state district judge, Eric Moyé, sentenced her to seven days in jail and a $7,000 fine, prompting Abbott to modify his order to prohibit jail time as a sanction for violating the pandemic restrictions.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Reggie Smith (R)* $132,267.23 $113,337.52 $96,900.00 $0.00
Shelley Luther (R) $10,501.30 $44,278.63 $53,300.92 $0.00

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House District 63

TPI: R-57%

Background

With Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) running for SD 12, the Denton County House district will be open for a new member to take office in 2023.

Four Republicans are competing for the nomination: Ben Bumgarner, Jake Collier, Nick Sanders, and Jeff Younger

One Democrat, H. Denise Wooten, is also running for the district.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Ben Bumgarner (R) $100,550.00 $8,898.62 $100,550.00 $20,000.00
Jake Collier (R) $2,205.00 $2,141.66 $2,205.00 $1,623.75
Jeff Younger (R) $423.74 $6,554.06 $7,494.01 $0.00
Nick Sanders (R) $0.00 $8,916.80 $6,473.00 $9,500.00
H. Denise Wooten (D) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $100.00

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House District 64 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-62%

Background

State Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-Denton) is facing engineer and farmer Andy Hopper in the 2022 primary. Stucky is endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott along with the National Rifle Association, Texas Alliance for Life, the Texas State Teachers Association, and the Texas Farm Bureau. Hopper’s notable endorsements include the Texas Home School Coalition, Rep. Jeff Cason (R-Bedford), and Allen West.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Lynn Stucky (R)* $156,797.20 $120,204.39 $130,030.85 $0.00
Andy Hopper (R) $17,435.61 $17,009.39 $34,445.00 $60,000.00

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House District 65

TPI: R-58%

Background

With lawmakers redrawing this Denton County seat represented by Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) to favor Republicans, Beckley decided to run for lieutenant governor, leaving the seat open for a new member to take office in 2023.

Three Republicans are competing for the nomination: Robert Cooksey, Peyton Inge, and Kronda Thimesch. One Democrat, Brittney Verdell, is also running for the district.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Kronda Thimesch (R) $91,858.75 $72,845.57 $62,245.23 $50,000.00
Brittney Verdell (D) $300.00 $0.00 $300.00 $0.00
Peyton Inge (R) $100.00 $0.00 $0.00 $100.00
Robert Cooksey (R) $0.00 $750.00 $0.00 $0.00

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House District 68 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-86%

Background

In a special election at the beginning of 2021, Rep. David Spiller (R-Jacksboro) won the open seat in a runoff against businessman Craig Carter. Carter has filed for the GOP primary for a rematch against Spiller, and they are joined by two other Republican candidates: Gary Franklin and Mark Middleton.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
David Spiller (R)* $127,630.69 $3,619.72 $108,917.82 $44,000.00
Mark Middleton (R) $471.94 $2,580.74 $876.09 $800.00
Gary Franklin (R) $0.00 $0.00 $750.00 $0.00
Craig Carter (R) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

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House District 70

TPI: D-50%

Background

With Rep. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney) retiring, this Collin County district was redrawn to become the most competitive in the state.

Five Republicans are competing for the district: Eric Bowlin, LaDale Buggs, Daniel Chandler, Jamee Jolly, and Hayden Padgett. Three Democrats are vying for the seat: Cassandra Garcia Hernandez, Mihaela Plesa, and Lorenzo Sanchez.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Cassandra Garcia Hernandez (D) $87,920.20 $13,713.80 $101,737.92 $0.00
Mihaela Plesa (D) $55,716.05 $13,785.87 $78,016.56 $7,000.00
Jamee Jolly (R) $43,279.80 $2,495.20 $45,775.00 $900.00
Hayden Padgett (R) $13,083.39 $4,974.68 $18,058.07 $0.00
Daniel Chandler (R) $4,592.19 $407.81 $5,000.00 $0.00
Lorenzo Sanchez (D) $4,348.91 $27,693.84 $9,582.05 $0.00
Eric Bowlin (R) $624.32 $2,843.59 $624.32 $292,238.38
Ladale Buggs (R)

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House District 73 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-71%

Background

After Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) announced he would not run in the newly-drawn HD 73, the seat became firmly open. Vying for the solidly red seat is Carrie Isaac, a 2020 GOP candidate in HD 45; New Braunfels attorney Barron Casteel; and George Green, a New Braunfels city councilman.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Barron Casteel (R) $117,567.13 $44,057.87 $168,418.00 $0.00
Carrie Isaac (R) $87,161.21 $45,179.68 $129,458.22 $0.00
George Green (R)

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House District 76 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-61%

Background

With the growing population of Fort Bend County, this district was relocated to the area from El Paso and was drawn to favor Democrats. Four Democrats are competing for the seat: James Burnett, L. Sarah DeMerchant, Vanesia Johnson, and Suleman Lalani.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Suleman Lalani (D) $72,356.40 $22,565.16 $33,385.00 $145,000.00
L. Sarah Demerchant (D) $25,543.82 $11,889.17 $0.00
James Burnett (D) $7,199.62 $748.03 $22,907.85 $0.00
Vanesia Johnson (D) $5,413.00 $3,985.40 $5,413.00 $0.00

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House District 79 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-69%

Background

When lawmakers moved a district out of El Paso County because of its low population growth, Rep. Claudia Ordaz Perez (D-El Paso) was paired with Rep. Lina Ortega (D-El Paso). However, instead of running against Ortega, Ordaz Perez opted to challenge Rep. Art Fierro (D-El Paso) for HD 79. This is the only race where current members are competing against one another for a single district.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Art Fierro (D)* $16,159.56 $66,878.28 $35,839.02 $12,000.00
Claudia Ordaz Perez (D) $31,378.84 $24,604.34 $27,340.07 $0.00

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House District 84

TPI: R-60%

Background

When state Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock) announced his retirement, it left his seat open for the first time in a decade. Running to succeed Frullo are four Republican candidates: David Glasheen, Cheryl Little, Carl Tepper, and Kade Wilcox.

No Democrats are running for the seat.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
David Glasheen (R) $101,340.01 $109,359.99 $10,700.00 $200,000.00
Carl Tepper (R) $16,597.54 $18,162.17 $18,900.69 $16,500.00
Kade Wilcox (R) $11,059.94 $14,486.94 $48,378.92 $3,000.00
Cheryl Little (R) $832.05 $167.95 $0.00 $832.05

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House District 85 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-68%

Background

State Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton) is facing teacher and utility district manager Artemio “Art” Hernandez, drainage district director Stan Kitzman, and former Pasadena ISD school trustee Fred Roberts in the Republican primary.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Phil Stephenson (R)* $45,869.43 $33,350.11 $9,250.00 $79,791.54
Stan Kitzman (R) $13,760.72 $4,039.23 $17,050.00 $0.00
Art Hernandez (R) $97.31 $3,090.85 $750.00 $0.00
Fred Roberts (R) $0.00 $6,230.61 $0.00 $0.00

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House District 91 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-63%

Background

State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) is facing four challengers for the 2022 GOP nomination: registered nurse Benjamin Damico, retired service member David Lowe, political staffer Anthony Reed, and David Silvey.

At least two of Klick’s opponents, Lowe and Silvey, have made child gender modification bans a top issue for their campaigns, with Lowe touting the endorsement of Jeff Younger. Klick chairs the Public Health Committee, where all but one of the bills to ban child gender transition died during the 87th legislature.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Stephanie Klick (R)* $307,008.24 $38,176.43 $102,785.00 $27,000.00
David Silvey (R) $9,970.75 $163.16 $10,175.00 $0.00
David Lowe (R) $6,770.75 $14,333.91 $31,618.00 $0.00
Benjamin Damico (R)
Anthony Reed (R)

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House District 92

TPI: D-60%

Background 

Rep. Jeff Cason (R-Bedford) said he will not run for reelection because the new district boundaries under redistricting make it a Democratic-leaning seat. The only Republican who has filed is Joe Livingston, while three Democrats are vying for the seat: Salman Bhojani, Tracy Scott, and Dinesh Sharma.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Salman Bhojani (D) $60,548.47 $149,208.56 $89,978.93 $0.00
Tracy Scott (D) $12,553.56 $2,936.00 $19,177.00 $0.00
Dinesh Sharma (D) $5,096.00 $4,433.01 $5,096.00 $1,566.99
Joe Livingston (R) $570.67 $1,237.35 $500.00 $250.00

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House District 93

TPI: R-60%

Background

With Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) turning to a race for Tarrant County District Attorney, three Republicans are running in the primary to take this seat: former Southlake mayor Laura Hill, Fort Worth City Councilmember Cary Moon, and Nate Schatzline. Only one Democrat is in the race: KC Chowdhury.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Laura Hill (R) $127,028.61 $81,502.86 $105,876.06 $100,000.00
Cary Moon (R) $106,930.18 $4,603.42 $19,800.00 $92,000.00
Nate Schatzline (R) $42,833.59 $15,031.41 $63,839.22 $0.00
KC Chowdhury (D) $6,097.63 $952.37 $7,050.00 $0.00

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House District 98 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-67%

Background

Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake), who was first elected in 2012, will face a primary challenger: Mitchell Ryan, who is attacking Capriglione on many fronts, including for his lack of action on vaccine mandates. Shannon Elkins is running as a Democrat.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Giovanni Capriglione (R)* $263,206.12 $76,819.86 $125,390.00 $0.00
Mitchell Ryan (R) $1,931.59 $2,019.07 $3,950.00 $0.00

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House District 100 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-85%

Background

In this heavily Democratic district, four candidates are seeking their party’s nomination: Daniel Clayton, Sandra Crenshaw, Marquis Hawkins, and Venton Jones. The incumbent, Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas), is not seeking reelection to the Texas House but is running to replace outgoing Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30).

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Venton Jones (D) $9,293.26 $1,380.76 $10,674.08 $0.00
Marquis Hawkins (D) $6,803.37 $2,571.63 $9,375.00 $0.00
Sandra Crenshaw (D) $1,826.00 $2,074.62 $3,900.00 $0.00
Daniel Davis Clayton (D)

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House District 114 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-65%

Background

There are five Democrats seeking the nomination for House District 114: John Bryant, Charlie Gearing, Alexandria Guio, Chris Leal, and Kendall Scudder.

Last summer, before the redistricting process, incumbent Rep. John Turner (D-Dallas) announced that he would not seek reelection. The new Texas House maps included Turner’s residence in House District 108, which is represented by Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas).

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Charles Gearing (D) $134,498.03 $37,619.74 $186,479.66 $0.00
Kendall Scudder (D) $51,095.27 $24,972.06 $79,123.49 $0.00
Alexandra Guio (D) $21,824.00 $9,005.73 $24,571.25 $0.00
Chris Leal (D) $6,569.34 $33,193.88 $45,152.48 $14,400.00
John Bryant (D)

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House District 122

TPI: R-60%

Background

Four candidates are vying for the Republican nomination for the seat vacated by the quixotic Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), which reddened slightly after redistricting: businessman Adam Blanchard, former San Antonio city councilwoman Elisa Chan, banker Mark Daniel Cuthbert, and construction entrepreneur Mark Dorazio. On messaging alone, all four seem to be taking a more conservative tack than Larson, who carved out a position as one of the most liberal members of his party.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Elisa Chan (R) $649,259.05 $190,040.00 $77,977.00 $1,225,000.00
Mark Dorazio (R) $133,505.93 $49,185.41 $32,691.34 $150,000.00
Mark Cuthbert (R) $34,328.66 $35,221.34 $69,550.00 $20,000.00
Angi Aramburu (D) $1,172.97 $960.03 $2,133.00 $1,000.00
Adam Blanchard (R) $0.00 $0.00 $4,233.43 $0.00

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House District 124 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-68%

Background

Sitting Rep. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) plans to leave office to run for Bexar County judge, leaving three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the safely blue seat: veteran and nonprofit founder Josey Garcia, attorney Steven Gilmore, and Northside ISD school trustee Gerald Lopez.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Josey Garcia (D) $10,612.40 $1,092.00 $1,704.40 $10,000.00
Gerald Brian Lopez (D) $2,909.33 $1,215.60 $5,800.00 $0.00
Steven Gilmore (D) $500.00 $750.00 $1,250.00 $0.00

Coverage

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House District 127 (Republican Primary)

TPI: R-61%

Background

Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), former chair of the Public Education Committee, announced last fall he would not run for re-election. Two Republicans have filed to represent the northeast Harris County district: former Humble City Councilmember Charles Cunningham and businesswoman Deanna Robertson. The strongly Republican district has not drawn candidates from other parties.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Charles Cunningham (R) $38,077.26 $1,170.80 $38,900.00 $750.00
Deanna Robertson (R) $5,592.36 $5,430.64 $2,023.00 $10,554.95

Coverage

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House District 133

TPI: R-57%

Background

Since GOP Caucus Chair Jim Murphy (R-Houston) announced that he would not seek reelection in 2022, five Republicans have filed to represent the Houston area district, including current and former Houston City Councilmembers Greg Travis and  Bert Keller, along with Shelley BarineauMano DeAyla, and Will Franklin. Mohamad Maarouf of the Texas Center for Justice and Equity and the School Empowerment Network is the lone Democrat running.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Shelley Barineau (R) $412,095.79 $66,360.48 $327,859.00 $175,000.00
Will Franklin (R) $327,759.74 $69,447.26 $247,684.20 $150,000.00
Mano DeAyala (R) $239,142.68 $92,518.09 $305,478.19 $0.00
Greg Travis (R) $138,297.16 $72,323.02 $83,050.00 $50,000.00
Bert Keller (R) $17,991.24 $49,656.40 $67,647.74 $0.00
Mohamad Maarouf (D) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
James Patrick Harren (L) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

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House District 138

TPI: R-56%

Background 

Incumbent Rep. Lacey Hull (R-Houston) has drawn two Republican challengers following some controversial allegations about her personal life. In the GOP primary she will face Josh Flynn, a former Harris County Department of Education trustee who lost to Hull in 2020 after a dustup over his eligibility, and Christine Kalmbach., a conservative activist and realtor. Attorney Stephanie Morales has filed for the Houston area seat in the Democratic primary.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Lacey Hull (R)* $49,186.74 $18,669.78 $28,414.00 $0.00
Stephanie Morales (D) $5,229.78 $11,094.57 $6,080.00 $5,119.26
Josh Flynn (R) $0.00 $0.00 $1,274.00 $0.00
Christine Kalmbach (R) $0.00 $0.00 $1,930.80 $69.20

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House District 142 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-76%

Background

Incumbent Harold Dutton (D-Houston) drew the ire of fellow Democrats when as the Texas House Public Education Committee Chair he revived legislation to require public school athletes to compete according to biological sex as a “consequence” for the demise of his legislation strengthening public school accountability. He will be challenged in the Democratic primary by Aldine ISD teacher Candis Houston.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Harold Dutton Jr. (D)* $64,885.00 $22,957.79 $8,250.00 $0.00
Candis Houston (D) $0.00 $1,430.83 $25,038.42 $0.00

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House District 147 (Democratic Primary)

TPI: D-79%

Background

After spending three decades in the Texas House, Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) announced he would not run for reelection in 2022. Seven Democrats are vying to replace Coleman for the heavily Democratic Houston district: Houston Community College trustee Reagan Flowers, Akwete Hines, Somtoochukwu Ik-Ejiofor, former Houston ISD trustee Jolanda Jones, Danielle Keys Bess, Namrata Subramanian, and Aerelia Wagner.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Jolanda Jones (D) $55,031.32 $21,463.97 $70,275.00 $0.00
Reagan Denise Flowers (D) $39,511.11 $15,064.10 $55,133.57 $2,511.64
Danielle Keys Bess (D) $22,937.80 $8,328.19 $22,937.80 $0.00
Nam Subramanian (D) $13,707.47 $2,194.53 $15,902.00 $0.00
Aurelia Wagner (D) $8,450.39 $2,710.36 $11,069.32 $0.00
Akwete Hines (D) $0.00 $2,987.50 $0.00 $0.00
Somtoochukwu Ik-Ejiofor (D)

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House District 150

TPI: R-60%

Background

Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Spring) has drawn three Republican challengers in her quest for reelection to the suburban Harris County district. Defeated by Swanson in the 2016 GOP primary, former representative Debbie Riddle is seeking to reclaim the seat. Other Republicans running are Bryan Le and Valerie McGilvrey. Ginny Brown Daniel is the sole Democratic primary candidate.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Valoree Swanson (R)* $154,572.48 $32,664.43 $119,933.42 $34,040.00
Deborah Riddle (R) $47,189.30 $3,560.70 $0.00 $50,000.00
Ginny Brown Daniel (D) $4,360.16 $4,829.70 $6,312.00 $0.00
Valerie McGilvrey (R) $25.00 $900.00 $20,425.00 $0.00
Bryan Le (R) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

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Open Seat Tracker

2022 is set to be a major election year in Texas, as all state House, state Senate, and U.S. House seats will be on the ballot, as will most of the statewide elected officials — governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner, and one of the three railroad commissioner positions.

With the many positions on the ballot and map lines to be redrawn through redistricting, a great deal of shuffling is expected to take place. Here is a list of seats that will be open as the incumbents have officially announced their retirement or are running for a different position.

Open State House Districts

  • HD 13: Rep. Ben Leman (R-Anderson) announced his retirement
  • HD 17: Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) announced his retirement
  • HD 19: Rep. James White (R-Hillister) is running for agriculture commissioner
    • Under the new House-approved map, HD 19 was moved from East Texas to the Hill Country, where Reps. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) and Terry Wilson (R-Marble Falls) are paired.
    • Wilson has announced a campaign for his old district, HD 20, which was moved to be entirely within Williamson County.
    • Biedermann has announced his retirement.
  • HD 22: Rep. Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont) announced his retirement
  • HD 23: Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville) is running for SD 11
  • HD 37: Rep. Alex Dominguez (D-Brownsville) was drawn into HD 38 and is running for SD 27
  • HD 38: Rep. Eddie Lucio, III (D-Brownsville) announced his retirement
  • HD 50: Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) announced her retirement and is exploring a run for Austin mayor
  • HD 51: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) is running for TX-35
  • HD 52: Rep. James Talarico (D-Round Rock) is running for HD 50
  • HD 57: Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) in HD 09 announced his retirement and Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) was drawn into the new HD 09 while HD 57 was relocated to Denton County
  • HD 61: Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) is running for Senate District 10
    • Under the new House-approved map, HD 61 would be moved to Collin County but still be open.
  • HD 63: Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) is running for Senate District 12
  • HD 65: Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) was drawn into HD 63 and is running for lieutenant governor
  • HD 70: Rep. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney) announced his retirement
    • Under the new House-approved map, Sanford would be drawn into the new HD 61. Both seats would be open.
  • HD 73: Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) announced his retirement
  • HD 76: Rep. Claudia Ordaz Perez (D-El Paso) is drawn into HD 77
    • Under the new House-approved map, HD 76 would be moved to Fort Bend County where it would be open.
  • HD 84: Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock) announced his retirement
  • HD 92: Rep. Jeff Cason (R-Bedford) announced his retirement
  • HD 93: Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) is running for Tarrant County DA
  • HD 100: Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas) is running for TX-30
  • HD 114: Rep. John Turner (D-Dallas) announced his retirement
    • Under the new House-approved map, Rep. Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) would be drawn into HD 114, but she announced she would seek reelection to her current district of HD 107.
  • HD 122: Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) announced his retirement
  • HD 124: Rep. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) is running for Bexar County judge
  • HD 127: Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble) announced his retirement
  • HD 133: Rep. Jim Murphy (R-Houston) announced his retirement
  • HD 147: Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) announced his retirement

Open State Senate Districts

  • SD 11: Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) announced his retirement
  • SD 12: Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) announced her retirement
  • SD 24: Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) is running for land commissioner
  • SD 27: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) announced his retirement
  • SD 31: Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) announced his retirement

Open Congressional Districts

  • TX-01: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) is running for attorney general
  • TX-08: Rep. Kevin Brady (R) announced his retirement
  • TX-15: Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D) is running for the newly drawn TX-34, where Rep. Filemon Vela (D) announced his retirement
  • TX-30: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D) announced her retirement
  • TX-35: Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D) is running for the newly created Austin district of TX-37
  • TX-37: New congressional district
  • TX-38: New congressional district

Open Statewide Positions

  • General Land Office: Commissioner George P. Bush is running for attorney general

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