Our Race to Raise articles take a deeper look at the most high-profile races of the election cycle, focusing specifically on money raised by those seeking to serve in public office.
Contributing Writer | 08/07/2018

After serving as a state representative and state senator, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is running for his second term as the state’s chief legal officer. Paxton’s time in office has been a dichotomy. Paxton has endeared himself to conservatives in Texas by leading the charge in successful lawsuits against many Obama-era federal mandates. At the …

Contributing Writer | 07/30/2018

Texas’ Lieutenant Governor is not only in charge of the state should the Governor be unavailable, but also leads the State Senate, making the Lt. Governor an extremely powerful officeholder. Current Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, well-loved by Texas conservatives, handily beat his Republican primary challenger, Scott Milder, 76.07% to 23.93%. Yet instead of operating under …

Contributing Writer | 07/10/2018

Runoff elections in Texas primaries are notoriously long. From the time the initial March primaries are over and a crowded field is cleared, the remaining two candidates have nearly three more months of campaigning before voters make their final choice. Often, this setup causes the person in the lead to lose momentum and the “underdog” …

Contributing Writer | 07/03/2018

State Representative Dawnna Dukes had served in the Texas Legislature for 24 years. But after a serious car accident in 2013, felony corruption charges, and a last-minute decision revoking her earlier promises to resign, the field to replace her steadily grew. A solid Democrat seat within Travis County, HD 46 saw five challengers emerge and …

Contributing Writer | 06/21/2018

With the retirement of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, the race to replace him quickly soared to the forefront of the Texas primary season. All Texas House seats are valuable, as roughly 27 million Texans are represented by only 150 State Representatives, but the significance of the HD 121 seat is undeniable, as its winner …