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

Notes: Asterisk (*) on campaign finance tables indicates incumbent. The filing reports listed for state races cover the period of 2/20/2022-5/14/2022. Candidates in state races who have no opponents in the runoff election are not required to file a report for this period and are indicated by “n/a” in their cells. The filing reports listed for congressional races cover the period of 4/1/2022-5/04/2022. Federal candidates without runoff opponents are not required to file a report for this period and are indicate by “n/a” in their cells.

Statewide Races

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 will first face state Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) in a runoff election. Collier led the field of three candidates in the March 1 primary election with 42 percent of the vote, trailed by Beckley with 30 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Dan Patrick (R)* n/a n/a n/a n/a
Mike Collier (D) $115,613.00 $507,065.37 $487,963.35 $450,500.00
Michelle Beckley (D) $5,436.51 $17,954.49 $12,499.42 $0.00
Shanna Steele (L) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Deauc Nash Dentaen (I) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Jason Eric Withers (I) n/a n/a n/a n/a

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 races in Texas is competition 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 launched primary challenges against him.

Paxton led the field of four candidates on primary night with 43 percent of the vote, while George P. Bush, the current land commissioner, trailed in second place with 23 percent and the two are now headed for the May 24 runoff election.

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 also narrowed down their field of five candidates to two: former American Civil Liberties Union attorney Rochelle Garza, who led the primary election with 43 percent of the vote, and former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski, who followed with 20 percent. Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt trailed closely behind Jaworski, but over a week after the primary election, Merritt conceded the race and endorsed Garza.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Ken Paxton (R)*
George P. Bush (R) $731,237.35 $2,758,903.07 $2,323,231.98 $0.00
Joe Jaworski (D) $73,325.60 $370,746.79 $372,851.54 $0.00
Rochelle Garza (D) $36,744.66 $366,249.13 $333,715.87 $0.00
Mark Ash (L) n/a n/a n/a n/a

Coverage

Polling

  • February 8-15, 2022: UT Tyler (1,188 registered voters; +/- 2.8%)
    • (577 GOP Primary Voters): 39% for Paxton; 25% for Bush; 13% for Guzman; 7% for Gohmert; 16% “Don’t know”
    • (479 Dem Primary Voters): 22% for Garza; 13% for Jaworski; 9% for Merritt; 6% for Raynor; 38% “Not sure”; 4% “Haven’t heard of them”
  • January 28-February 7, 2022: University of Texas (1,200 registered voters; +/- 2.83% margin of error)
    • (375 GOP Primary Voters; +/- 5.06%): 47% for Paxton; 21% for Bush; 16% for Guzman; 15% for Gohmert; 1% for someone else
    • (332 Dem Primary Voters; +/- 5.38%): 41% for Garza; 24% for Jaworski; 15% for Merritt; 11% for Fields; 6% for Raynor; 3% for someone else
  • January 18-25, 2022: UT Tyler (1,082 registered voters; +/- 3.0% margin of error)
    • (503 GOP Primary Voters): 33% for Paxton; 19% for Bush; 8% for Gohmert; 7% for Guzman; 33% not sure
    • (460 Dem Primary Voters): 11% for Jaworski; 11% for Garza; 7% for Fields; 6% for Merritt; 4% for Raynor; 55% not sure; 6% “haven’t heard of them”
  • January 14-24, 2022: Hobby School of Public Affairs (1,400 registered voters; +/- 2.2% margin of error)
    • (All GOP Primary Voters): 39% for Paxton; 16% for Bush; 13% for Gohmert; 8% for Guzman; 24% “don’t know/unsure”
    • (“Almost Certain” GOP Primary Voters): 44% for Paxton; 15% for Gohmert; 13% Bush; 7% for Guzman; 21% “don’t know/unsure”
    • (All Dem Primary Voters): 13% for Garza; 10% for Jaworski; 7% for Merritt; 6% for Raynor; 6% for Fields; 57% “don’t know/unsure”
    • (“Almost Certain” Dem Primary Voters): 15% for Garza; 12% for Jaworski; 7% for Merritt; 4% for Raynor; 3% for Fields; 60% “don’t know/unsure”
  • 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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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.

After a crowded primary election, Republicans will decide between two candidates for their nominee: state Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), who received 42 percent in the primary election, and Tim Westley, who received 15 percent.

Democrats will also decide between two candidates in a runoff election: Sandragrace Martinez, who led the primary with 32 percent, and Jay Kleberg, who trailed with 26 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Dawn Buckingham (R) $245,275.08 $1,024,420.70 $796,695.90 $0.00
Jay Kleberg (D) $238,310.03 $415,339.54 $521,765.27 $20,000.00
Tim Westley (R) $1,496.38 $4,297.26 $13,282.83 $0.00
Sandragrace Martinez (D) $0.00 $1,087.88 $1,037.95 $0.00
Alfred Molison (G) n/a n/a n/a n/a

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 after a crowded field of primary challengers, Christian only received 47 percent of the vote and will first face a runoff election with Sarah Stogner, who trailed in second with 15 percent.

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)* $340,869.52 $662,280.22 $528,843.44 $0.00
Luke Warford (D) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sarah Stogner (R) $0.00 $1,667,400.00 $0.00
Hunter Crow (G) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Jaime Andres Diez (L) n/a n/a n/a n/a

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.

Among the three Democrats who sought the office, Janet Dudding fell short of avoiding a runoff with 46 percent of the primary vote and is now headed to a runoff with Angel Luis Vega, who received 35 percent. 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)* n/a n/a n/a n/a
Janet Dudding (D) $26,601.09 $69,518.69 $49,250.22
Angel Luis Vega (D) $475.33 $3,513.16 $740.00 $6,097.17
Michael Pepos Berlanga (I) n/a n/a n/a n/a
V. Alonzo Echevarria-Garza (L) n/a n/a n/a n/a

Coverage

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Congressional Races

Texas Congressional Map


15th Congressional District (Democratic Runoff)

TPI: D-52%

Background

After a close race between Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15) and Republican challenger Monica De La Cruz in 2020, GOP lawmakers redrew the map to make Texas’ 15th Congressional District more favorable to their party. With Gonzalez’s decision to run in the 34th Congressional District instead, the seat is open for either a new Republican or a new Democrat to take his place. Either party still has an opportunity, as Beto O’Rourke carried the district in 2018 while Donald Trump carried it in 2020.

De La Cruz is running again and secured the GOP nomination outright despite a crowded field of eight other candidates.

Among the six Democrats who competed for their party’s nomination, two will be headed to a runoff: Ruben Ramirez and Michelle Vallejo, who received 28 and 20 percent in the primary, respectively.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Receipts Debts Owed
Monica de la Cruz (R) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Michelle Vallejo (D) $108,513.88 $65,254.85 $91,146.99 $100,000.00
Ruben Ramirez (D) $79,695.07 $77,640.97 $57,637.15 $12,250.00

Coverage

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28th Congressional District

TPI: D-57%

Background

For the second straight election, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) will face progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros. Cuellar is among the most moderate Democrats in Congress and has been targeted by Justice Democrats, the group behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s (D-NY) rise that also recruited Cisneros in 2020.

With another Democrat who appeared on the ballot, neither Cuellar nor Cisneros received over 50 percent of the vote and both will be headed to the runoff election. Cuellar received 48 percent followed by Cisneros’ 47 percent.

In the Republican primary, Cassy Garcia, a former Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) staffer, received 24 percent of the vote and is headed to a runoff with Sandra Whitten, who received 18 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Receipts Debts Owed
Henry Cuellar (D)* $1,047,583.15 $743,113.18 $352,121.01 $0.00
Jessica Cisneros (D) $1,418,734.58 $832,889.07 $1,213,999.76 $0.00
Cassy Garcia (R) $110,385.58 $121,942.98 $117,145.36 $0.00
Sandra Whitten (R) $6,616.56 $6,301.23 $3,775.18 $0.00

Coverage

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30th Congressional District (Democratic Runoff)

TPI: D-78%

Background

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), who has represented the district for almost three decades, is not seeking reelection. She has put her support behind state Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas), who is forgoing a reelection bid for her Texas House seat to run for the congressional district.

Crockett fell short of securing the nomination outright with only 48 percent of the vote, though, and is now headed to a runoff with Jane Hope Hamilton, who trailed with 17 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Receipts Debts Owed
Jane Hope Hamilton (D) $113,158.40 $80,460.10 $98,519.55 $15,014.17
Jasmine Crockett (D) $108,312.85 $74,226.40 $64,607.58 $0.00

Coverage

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State Board of Education Races

Texas State Board of Education Map


SBOE District 1 (Democratic Runoff)

TPI: D-58%

Background

Long held by staunch charter school opponent Georgina Pérez, District 1 is one of the more competitive seats in the State Board of Education (SBOE). Three Democrats and two Republicans are running in the race.

In the Democratic primary, Pérez has endorsed Melissa Ortega, a Women’s and Gender Studies professor at the University of Texas. Ortega received 46 percent of the vote and is headed to a runoff with Laura Márquez, a developmental disabilities policy fellow at the Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center who nabbed the endorsement of state Rep. Mary González (D-Clint). Márquez received 36 percent in the primary.

In the Republican primary, English teacher Michael “Travis” Stevens won with 64 percent of the vote against former teacher Lani Popp. Both candidates support keeping political bias out of textbooks and reforming the STAAR testing system.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Laura Marquez (D) $2,783.48 $6,076.71 $7,325.00 $0.00
Michael Travis Stevens (R) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Melissa Ortega (D)

Coverage

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SBOE District 2 (Democratic Runoff)

TPI: D-52%

Background

Currently held by outgoing Democrat Ruben Cortez, District 1 is the most competitive seat in the SBOE. Two Democratic candidates for the seat are headed to a runoff: Pharr Economic Development Corporation director Victor Perez, who received 30 percent in the primary, and former school trustee and city commissioner Pete Garcia, who received 24 percent.

The winner of the Democratic primary will go on to face former teacher LJ Francis, who won the Republican primary with 57 percent, in the general election this fall.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
LJ Francis (R) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Victor Perez (D) $6,519.50 $2,950.00 $9,000.00 $0.00
Pete Garcia (D) $1,675.17 $18,495.59 $14,980.00 $0.00

Coverage

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SBOE District 4 (Democratic Runoff)

TPI: D-74%

Background

The local issues of Harris County, being the largest county in Texas, often find their way into the capitol. Alongside elections, zoning, and crime, education is no exception. Education issues were prominent long before the pandemic for Harris County voters and elected officials both, even between Democrats, especially with regards to school choice, charter schools, standardized testing, and accountability.

Since no Republican is aiming for the safe blue seat, one of the two Democrats headed to the runoff for District 4 will replace one of the longest-serving members of the SBOE: Lawrence Allen, the most charter-friendly Democrat on the board.

Teacher Coretta Mallet-Fontenot, who led the field with 39 percent, will face nonprofit leader Staci Childs, who received 28 percent.

Allen said he chose not to endorse a candidate in the primary election since he already knew several of them personally.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Coretta Mallet-Fontenot (D) $576.66 $45,892.80 $13,454.69 $0.00
Staci Childs (D)

Coverage

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State Senate Races

Texas Senate Map


Senate District 24 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-62%

Background

Senate District (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 Republican candidates competed to take her place in the safe Republican district and two are now headed to a runoff. Former state senator Pete Flores, who picked up SD 19 in a special election in 2018 before being voted out in 2020, received 46 percent of the vote, followed by Castroville home builder and former congressional candidate Raul Reyes, who received 33 percent.

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) $99,862.37 $609,059.22 $499,542.13 $0.00
Raul Reyes (R) $11,998.93 $237,655.65 $216,485.20 $20,000.00

Coverage

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Senate District 27 (Democratic Runoff)

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.

Out of the four Democrats who launched bids to succeed Lucio, two are headed to a runoff. McAllen attorney and businesswoman Morgan LaMantia — who was endorsed by Lucio — received 34 percent of the vote. Sara Stapleton-Barrera, who previously challenged Lucio in a competitive primary race, trailed just behind LaMantia with 33 percent of the vote.

The Democratic nominee to replace Lucio will face off against Adam Hinojosa in November, since he won the Republican primary outright with 51 percent of the vote. 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) $140,200.83 $1,774,591.25 $265,536.15 $2,880,000.00
Sara Stapleton Barrera (D) $11,888.92 $123,345.60 $125,870.56 $61,046.06
Adam Hinojosa (R) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Javier Rene Navarro (I) n/a n/a n/a n/a

Coverage

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State House Races

Texas House Map


House District 12 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-72%

Background

State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) is headed to a runoff election with Ben Bius after the incumbent fell short of securing an outright majority in the primary contest. Kacal led the field with 47 percent of the vote, but Bius trailed only a few points behind at 42 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Kyle Kacal (R)* $76,892.48 $420,890.98 $462,632.26 $0.00
Ben Bius (R) $30,725.25 $275,541.56 $169,360.00 $360,000.00

Coverage

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House District 17 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-64%

Background

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

Two Republicans are now headed toward a runoff for the seat: Stan Gerdes, who received 30 percent of the vote, and Paul Pape, who received 28 percent of the vote.

According to the uncertified tally, Pape led the third-placed candidate, Tom Glass, by 424 votes. Glass has stated that he is pursuing a recount.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Stan Gerdes (R) $49,713.04 $245,498.44 $212,592.38 $8,716.11
Paul Pape (R) $41,788.74 $137,866.89 $32,186.35 $300,000.00

Coverage

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House District 19 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-73%

Background

As Rep. James White (R-Hillister) opted to run for agriculture commissioner instead of reelection, his East Texas district was relocated to the Hill Country and parts of Travis County. Of the four Republican who competed in the primary election, the two moving forward to a runoff election are Ellen Troxclair and Justin Berry, who received 38 and 35 percent. respectively.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Ellen Troxclair (R) $171,946.70 $464,600.43 $264,569.89 $0.00
Justin Berry (R) $45,646.16 $153,160.90 $164,751.61 $0.00

Coverage

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House District 22 (Democratic Runoff)

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. Joseph Paul Trahan led the field of three candidates to succeed him with 48 percent of the vote and is now headed to a runoff with Deshotel’s former chief of staff, Christian “Manuel” Hayes, who received 43 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Joseph Paul Trahan (D) $15,992.72 $31,691.51 $26,840.00 $20,000.00
Christian Hayes (D)

Coverage

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House District 23 (Republican Runoff)

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. Patrick Gurski led the four-person GOP primary with 31 percent and is now headed to a runoff with the runner-up, Terri Leo-Wilson, who received 28 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Terri Leo-Wilson (R) $59,809.85 $81,805.78 $585,490.14 $202,000.00
Patrick Gurski (R) $29,777.39 $99,497.70 $295,446.00 $9,732.53

Coverage

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House District 37 (Democratic Runoff)

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.

The competitive three-person Democratic primary has been narrowed down to a runoff between Ruben Cortez, who received 41 percent of the vote, and Luis Villarreal, Jr., who received 39 percent.

The winner of the Democratic runoff will go on to face Republican nominee Janie Lopez.

One Independent, Arnoldo Alonso, also filed a declaration of intent with the secretary of state.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Janie Lopez (R) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Ruben Cortez (D) $20,531.94 $44,115.39 $45,774.20 $10,000.00
Luis Villarreal (D) $16,384.69 $113,292.38 $54,986.73 $157,500.00
Arnoldo Alonso (I) n/a n/a n/a n/a

Coverage

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House District 52 (Republican Runoff)

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.

Two Republicans are now headed to a runoff election to determine the GOP nominee. Patrick McGuinness, who received 35 percent in the primary, will face Caroline Harris, who received 31 percent.

One Democrat, Luis Echegaray, is also running for the seat.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Patrick McGuinnes (R) $104,925.76 $232,788.61 $12,618.00 $500,000.00
Caroline Harris (R)
Luis Echegaray (D) n/a n/a n/a n/a

Coverage

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House District 60 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-84%

Background

Rep. Glenn Rogers (R-Graford) faced three primary challengers in this heavily Republican district and failed to secure the majority needed to avoid a runoff. In May, he’ll face Mike Olcott on the ballot, who followed Rogers’ 44 percent in the primary with 36 percent. The district includes Stephens, Palo Pinto, and Parker counties.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Glenn Rogers (R)* $97,995.58 $522,710.63 $750,939.39 $79,100.00
Mike Olcott (R)

Coverage

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House District 61 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-58%

Background

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

Frederick Frazier, who received 42 percent in the GOP primary, will head to a runoff with Paul Chabot, who received 37 percent.

The Republican nominee will face Sheena King, the only Democrat to run in the district, in the November general election.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Frederick Frazier (R) $35,359.62 $207,722.00 $274,566.65 $20,000.00
Paul Chabot (R) $23,336.41 $88,180.45 $30,919.98 $126,500.00
Sheena King (D) n/a n/a n/a n/a

Coverage

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House District 63 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-57%

Background

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

Ben Bumgarner, who received 29 percent of the vote, will face Jeff Younger in a runoff, who received 27 percent.

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

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Jeff Younger (R) $30,397.07 $78,884.07 $239,538.97 $0.00
Ben Bumgarner (R) $28,165.09 $248,030.12 $267,578.07 $120,179.93
H. Denise Wooten (D) n/a n/a n/a n/a

Coverage

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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.

Out of the five Republicans competing for the seat, the two heading to a runoff are Jamee Jolly and Eric Bowlin. Jolly received 38 percent in the primary while Bowlin trailed at 32 percent.

The three Democrats in the primary were also narrowed down to two: Cassandra Garcia Hernandez and Mihaela Plesa. Hernandez received 34 percent of the vote and Plesa received 33 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Jamee Jolly (R) $87,672.99 $96,318.21 $272,593.56 $0.00
Eric Bowlin (R) $28,745.22 $152,438.48 $18,183.15 $292,238.38
Cassandra Garcia Hernandez (D) $25,431.94 $114,272.26 $118,107.21 $0.00
Mihaela Plesa (D) $13,877.98 $67,177.11 $29,053.49 $45,000.00

Coverage

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House District 73 (Republican Runoff)

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 attorney and former New Braunfels mayor Barron Casteel, who received 46 percent of the vote, and Carrie Isaac, a 2020 GOP candidate in HD 45 who received 45 percent of the vote.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Carrie Isaac (R) $30,932.75 $255,632.59 $310,233.08 $0.00
Barron Casteel (R) $29,694.98 $366,535.91 $421,878.65 $54,286.32

Coverage

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House District 76 (Democratic Runoff)

TPI: D-61%

Background

With the growing population of Fort Bend County, this district was relocated to the area from El Paso and favors Democrats. Out of the four Democrats who competed in the March 1 primary, two are now headed to the runoff: Suleman Lalani and Vanesia Johnson. Lalani received 37 percent of the primary vote while Johnson trailed at 25 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Suleman Lalani (D) $46,793.90 $103,379.87 $90,925.70 $145,000.00
Vanesia Johnson (D) $648.40 $2,753.13 $2,975.00 $0.00

Coverage

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House District 84 (Republican Runoff)

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. In the runoff to succeed Frullo are Republicans David Glasheen and Carl Tepper, who received 42 percent and 40 percent in the primary, respectively.

No Democrats are running for the seat.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
David Glasheen (R) $123,377.23 $924,398.55 $11,039.04 $1,650,000.00
Carl Tepper (R) $41,407.72 $67,408.52 $295,250.87 $16,500.00

Coverage

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House District 85 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-68%

Background

After facing three challengers in the March 1 primary, state Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton) is now headed to a runoff with drainage district director Stan Kitzman. Stephenson led the field of candidates at 40 percent, but Kitzman followed with 35 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Phil Stephenson (R)* $33,090.55 $63,575.91 $53,800.00
Stan Kitzman (R) $17,565.93 $46,226.35 $51,561.81

Coverage

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House District 91 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-63%

Background

State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) fell short of avoiding a runoff against her four GOP challengers, receiving 49 percent of the vote in the primary election. She is now headed to a runoff with retired service member David Lowe, who trailed Klick in second place with 39 percent of the vote.

Lowe has made child gender modification bans a top issue for his campaign, 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)* $128,006.68 $471,693.01 $955,271.64 $27,000.00
David Lowe (R) $5,955.20 $53,088.96 $262,567.21 $0.00

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House District 93 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-60%

Background

With Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) turning to a race for Tarrant County District Attorney, two Republicans aiming to take the seat are now in a runoff. Nate Schatzline, the director of operations for an anti-human trafficking organization, led the primary with 44 percent of the vote, trailed by former Southlake mayor Laura Hill who received 37 percent.

Only one Democrat is in the race: KC Chowdhury.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Nate Schatzline (R) $79,247.25 $123,688.53 $311,737.44 $0.00
Laura Hill (R) $38,040.21 $220,263.30 $404,341.49 $200,000.00

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House District 100 (Democratic Runoff)

TPI: D-85%

Background

With Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas) running to replace outgoing Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) in Congress, four Democratic candidates competed in the primary to be the next representative from the heavily Democratic Dallas seat. Two are now headed to a runoff: former Dallas city councilwoman Sandra Crenshaw led the field with 34 percent of the vote, trailed by real estate agent Venton Jones, who received 26 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Venton Jones (D) $8,700.81 $101,053.83 $109,754.64 $0.00
Sandra Crenshaw (D)

Coverage

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House District 114 (Democratic Runoff)

TPI: D-65%

Background

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 HD 108, which is held by Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas).

Five Democrats campaigned to represent the new boundaries of HD 114 in the March 1 primary, and now two candidates are headed to the runoff election. Alexandria Guio led the field with 25 percent of the vote, followed by John Bryant with 21 percent.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Alexandra Guio (D) $16,975.08 $53,941.80 $33,210.00 $12,000.00
John Bryant (D) $8,109.00 $46,377.47 $54,816.18 $0.00

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House District 122 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-60%

Background

Four candidates competed in the GOP primary for the seat being vacated by the quixotic Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), which reddened slightly after redistricting.

Former San Antonio city councilwoman Elisa Chan led the field with 37 percent of the vote and is headed to a runoff with construction entrepreneur Mark Dorazio, who garnered 28 percent in the primary.

The Republican nominee will face Angi Aramburu, the only Democrat to run for the seat, in the general election.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Elisa Chan (R) $94,409.36 $564,143.21 $167,525.00 $1,625,000.00
Mark Dorazio (R) $57,211.35 $300,455.85 $109,505.72 $500,000.00
Angi Aramburu (D) n/a n/a n/a n/a

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House District 133 (Republican Runoff)

TPI: R-57%

Background

Since GOP Caucus Chair Jim Murphy (R-Houston) announced that he would not seek reelection in 2022, five Republicans filed to succeed him. After the primary election, Shelley Barineau and Mano DeAyla topped the field with 28 and 27 percent, respectively.

Mohamad Maarouf of the Texas Center for Justice and Equity and the School Empowerment Network is the lone Democrat running for the seat.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Shelley Barineau (R) $75,998.00 $276,752.36 $292,468.00 $175,000.00
Mano DeAyala (R) $85,602.60 $479,886.45 $464,652.84 $30,000.00
Mohamad Maarouf (D) n/a n/a n/a n/a
James Patrick Harren (L) n/a n/a n/a n/a

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House District 147 (Democratic Runoff)

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 competed for the nomination in the primary, but none received over 50 percent to avoid a runoff. Former Houston ISD trustee Jolanda Jones led the field with 41 percent of the vote and will head to a runoff with the runner-up, Danielle Keys Bess, who received 20 percent. After the primary, Coleman announced his endorsement of Jones.

Fundraising

Candidate Cash-on-Hand Expenditures Contributions Outstanding Loans
Jolanda Jones (D) $77,480.95 $139,286.39 $164,341.88 $0.00
Danielle Keys Bess (D) $14,145.00 $37,106.77 $66,985.95 $0.00

Note: Both candidates participated in the May 7 special election for HD 147 and were required to file reports before other runoff candidates. The numbers listed above reflect the cash-on-hand and outstanding loan totals from the most recent report, while the expenditures and contributions are a combined total of the reports between 2/20/2022 and 5/14/2022. As of May 17, the pre-runoff report for Danielle Keys Bess was not yet available from the Texas Ethics Commission.

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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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