UT Tyler Poll: Paxton holds 2-point lead in AG race


AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The race for the Texas Attorney General is getting closer than expected. Republican incumbent Ken Paxton is leading his opponent, Rochelle Garza, by two percentage points, according to a new UT Tyler pollTexas attorney general locked in close race with Democratic challenger: poll

This could be huge for Democrats. The poll surveyed more than 1,384 registered voters.

“What this says is Ken Paxton is definitely beatable in the fall,” said Brian Smith, a St. Edward’s University political science professor. Read more.

Progressive fundraising group raising $25 million to boost Democrats this November and beyond

The Texas Tribune, Patrick Svitek

An alliance of heavy-hitting donors is closing in on a goal of raising $25 million for the 2022 election cycle, looking to build lasting infrastructure for the state’s progressives as Texas Democrats continue to fight for a way back to power.

The Texas Future Project told The Texas Tribune it has raised or gotten pledges for over $23 million, money that benefits over a dozen groups that are largely focused on organizing around certain issues or get-out-the-vote efforts for specific constituencies. The Texas Future Project started nearly a decade ago, but the $25 million would be the most funding it has raised in a single election cycle so far — and a strong sign, it says, that Democratic donors still see promise in Texas.

“The biggest thing here is when folks look at Texas, I think a lot of people understand there’s a sustained investment [from the right],” said Delilah Agho-Otoghile, executive director of Texas Future Project. “I don’t think that a lot of people understand it’s [also] on the left.” Read more.

Texas Can Brag About Two New Seats in Congress, But It Should’ve Been Three

The first official results of the 2020 census are in—and Texas has plenty to brag about. It grew more than any other state over the last decade, according to figures released by the Census Bureau on Monday. There are now 29,145,505 Texans, though as I type this another thousand migrants are surely packing up their belongings in Los Angeles, Lucknow, and Leon.

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