2018 Election Update

Speaker Joe Straus Announces Retirement
October 27, 2017
The 2018 election cycle is looking to be a busy one, with 7 congressional retirements and numerous State House retirements, including the Speaker of the House, Joe Straus. As such, the Legislative deck is being shuffled. Early voting for primaries begins on February 20, 2018, and primary Election Day lands on March 6, 2018. The March primaries will likely have a profound effect on the race for Speaker, with conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party battling for the 76 votes needed to elect the next House presiding officer. Thus far, Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) and Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) are the only members to formally announce their candidacy to replace Speaker Straus, others are expected to follow.
Of the 150-member Texas House, only 37 incumbents will be returning with a free pass in the primary and the general election. Of those 37 incumbents returning without any challenger, only 10 are Republicans… perhaps a sign of the Republican primary battles to come. In the Texas Senate, only 14 incumbents that will be returning are up for reelection (Senators run in staggered 4-year terms). Of those 14, only Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) escaped without any challenger in the primary or the general election.
Below is a list of all of the announced retirements, races, and challenges.
 
STATEWIDE PRIMARY CHALLENGERS:
 
Governor:
Governor Greg Abbott faces Larry “Secede” Kilgore, and Barbara Krueger.
Lieutenant Governor: 
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick faces Rockwall resident Scott Milder.
Land Commissioner: 
Commissioner George P. Bush faces former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, as well as Davey Edwards, and Rick Range.
Agriculture Commissioner:  
Commissioner Sid Miller faces attorney Trey Blocker, and Jim Hogan.
Railroad Commission (1 of 3 seats up): 
Chairman Christi Craddick faces San Antonio resident Weston Martinez.
U.S. Senate
Sen. Ted Cruz has four primary opponents.
TEXAS HOUSE:
12 House Republican Retirements (open seats)
Speaker Joe Straus
Rep. Cindy Burkett (Seeking Texas Senate seat: Sen. Hall)
Rep. Byron Cook
Rep. Pat Fallon (Seeking Texas Senate seat: Sen. Estes)
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Lance Gooden (Running for Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s seat)
Rep. Jason Isaac (Running for Congressman Lamar Smith’s seat)
Rep. Mark Keough
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg
Rep. Larry Phillips
Rep. Kevin Roberts (Running for Congressman Ted Poe’s seat)
Rep. Leighton Schubert
1 House Democrat Retirement (open seat)
Rep. Helen Giddings
27 House Republican Incumbents with Primary Opposition
Rep. Rodney Anderson
Rep. Ernest Bailes
Rep. Kyle Biedermann
Rep. Dennis Bonnen
Rep. Giovanni Capriglione
Rep. Travis Clardy
Rep. Scott Cosper
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. Wayne Faircloth
Rep. Dan Flynn
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Dan Huberty
Rep. Ken King
Rep. Linda Koop
Rep. Mike Lang
Rep. Lyle Larson
Rep. Chris Paddie
Rep. Four Price
Rep. John Raney
Rep. Matt Schaefer
Rep. JD Sheffield
Rep. Hugh Shine
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Lynn Stucky
Rep. Valoree Swanson
Rep. Jason Villalba
Rep. Paul Workman
17 House Democrat Incumbents with Primary Opposition
Rep. Diana Arevalo
Rep. Roberto Alonzo
Rep. Garnet Coleman
Rep. Philip Cortez
Rep. Dawnna Dukes
Rep. Harold Dutton
Rep. Mary Gonzalez
Rep. Bobby Guerra
Rep. Ryan Guillen
Rep. Eric Johnson
Rep. Jarvis Johnson
Rep. Sergio Munoz
Rep. Rene Oliveira
Rep. Ron Reynolds
Rep. Shawn Thierry
Rep. Tomas Uresti
Rep. Armando Walle
TEXAS SENATE:
1 Senate Republican Retirement
Sen. Van Taylor (Running for Congress, term expires in 2018)
1 Senate Democrat Running for Other Office with an Unexpired Senate Term (free run)
Sen. Sylvia Garcia (Running for Congress, term expires 2021)
 
6 Senate Republican Incumbents with Primary Opposition
Sen. Donna Campbell
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Bob Hall
Sen. Joan Huffman
Sen. Charles Schwertner
Sen. Kel Seliger
1 Senate Democrat Incumbent with Primary Opposition
Sen. John Whitmire
UNITED STATES CONGRESS:
5 Congressional Republican Retirements (open seats)
CD 2: Ted Poe
CD 3: Sam Johnson
CD 5: Jeb Hensarling
CD 6: Joe Barton
CD 21: Lamar Smith
2 Congressional Democrat Retirements (open seats)
CD 16: Beto O’Rourke (Running for Senator Ted Cruz’s Seat)
CD 29: Gene Green
 
14 Congressional Republican Incumbents have Primary Opposition
CD 1: Louie Gohmert
CD 4:  John Ratcliffe
CD 7: John Culberson
CD 8: Kevin Brady
CD 10: Michael McCaul
CD 11: Mike Conaway
CD 14: Randy Weber
CD 22: Pete Olson
CD 23: Will Hurd
CD 24: Kenny Marchant
CD 26: Michael Burgess
CD 27: Blake Farenthold
CD 31: John Carter
CD 32: Peter Sessions
4 Congressional Democrat Incumbents have Primary Opposition
CD 9: Al Green
CD 18: Sheila Jackson Lee
CD 30: Eddie Bernice Johnson
CD 33: Marc Veasey