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This week we look at key GOP primary endorsements from Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic primary endorsements from Annie's List as Democrats meet in Austin to strategize for November.
February 14, 2020

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In this week’s edition of “The Back Mic,” here’s a look at the candidates Governor Abbott has endorsed in contested Republican primaries, a progressive women’s group’s newest candidate picks, and a strategy meeting held by leaders in the Texas Democratic Party.

Abbott Endorsements in Contested Primaries

Governor Greg Abbott has endorsed a few Republican candidates who are competing in contested primaries against others in their own party. Here’s a list of the candidates who’ve received the governor’s stamp of approval:

Jake Ellzey

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Jacey Jetton

Manish Seth

Kronda Thimesch 

Linda Koop

Angelica Garcia

Justin Ray

Lacey Hull

Annie’s List Endorsements

The progressive women’s group released a new series of endorsements this week ahead of Super Tuesday. The endorsements are targeting both Republican and Democrat incumbents deemed insufficiently progressive.

Rocio Gosewehr Hernandez 

Elizabeth Beck 

Natali Hurtado 

Akilah Bacy 

Xochil Pena Rodriguez 

Sara Stapleton Barrera 

Texas Democrats Powwow in Austin

As was first reported by The Texas Tribune, a bevy of Texas Democrats met this week at a lunch meeting hosted by Reps. Celia Israel and Chris Turner in order to strategize their efforts to take back the Texas House in 2020.

According to the Tribune, 40 invitations to various stakeholders were extended, including Beto O’Rourke, Texas Democrat party operatives, and Reps. Julie Johnson (D-Carrollton) and Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio). Groups like the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee also received invitations.


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McKenzie Taylor

McKenzie Taylor serves as Senior Editor and resident plate-spinner for The Texan. Previously, she worked as State Representative Kyle Biedermann’s Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.