This year, important down-ballot contests could be decided by fewer voters than usual. Political science fellow Mark P. Jones encourages Texans to participate in primary elections and provides resources to inform voters before they cast their ballots. Early primary voting in Texas starts on Feb. 16, 2016.
The Houston Chronicle:
- "Some Republicans' votes count more than others" – Jones shows that on average, the votes of Texas GOP primary voters in congressional districts where Republicans are the most conservative are worth notably less than those of Texas GOP primary voters in congressional districts where Republicans are the least conservative. Read his Feb. 16, 2016, commentary in the Baker Institute Blog.
- Primary losses by incumbent House members are rare, but three Houston congressmen face challenges this spring. Jones examines the candidates' prospects in The Hill: https://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/campaign/268175-3-texas-incumbents-have-reason-to-sweat-a-bit-this-february