At an emergency meeting Thursday evening, Texas GOP leaders agreed to hold their state convention as planned, July 16-18 in Houston. But the party’s executive committee is still considering other options.
“They talked about having this emergency fallback contingency plan, if necessary,” Samuels said.
Conventiongoers will be required to wear masks, in accordance with the order Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday, which requires Texans to wear masks in most public settings.
In the Democratic primary runoff for Senate, between MJ Hegar and Royce West, Hegar announced that she raised $1.7 million in the second quarter of this year. She has a substantial lead over West, a state senator, who raised $430,000 during the same quarter.
Samuels said West has gained a number of endorsements, including that of Congressman Joaquin Castro and Tina Knowles, the mother of singer and performer Beyoncé.
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Web story by Shelly Brisbin.