October 21, 2008
Endorsement watch: Um, nobody?

Really, Houston Chronicle? No endorsements today? Let's review the bidding so far, and see which offices have and have not had a recommendation from the Chron:

1. President and Vice President - Done

2. US Senate - No endorsement yet.

3. US House - Endorsement in CD22, none yet in CDs 07, 10, 18, or 29 (CDs 02 and 09 are uncontested).

4. Railroad Commissioner - No endorsement yet.

5. State Supreme Court - Done.

6. Court of Criminal Appeals - Done.

7. 1st and 14th District Courts of Appeals - No endorsement yet for any of the six benches.

8. State Senate - Done for SD11, not yet for SDs 06 or 17 (SD04 is uncontested).

9. State Board of Education, District 7 - Done.

10. State House - Done for HDs 126, 127, 129, 134, 135, 138, 141, 143, 144, 145, 148, 149, 150. Not done for HD133. The rest are uncontested, at least by a major party.

11. County Judge - No endorsement yet.

12. District Attorney - Done.

13. Sheriff - No endorsement yet.

14. Tax Assessor - No endorsement yet.

15. County Attorney - Done.

16. District Clerk - No endorsement yet.

17. Harris County Department of Education trustees - No endorsement yet for either position.

18. Harris County District, Criminal, Family, and Probate Courts - No endorsement yet for any of these 27 benches.

19. Harris County Commissioner - No endorsement yet for Precinct 3 (Precinct 1 is Dem versus Lib).

20. Justice of the Peace - No endorsement yet for any of Precincts 1, 5, or 8 in Place 1 (other JP precincts are uncontested).

21. Constable - No endorsement yet for any of Precincts 1, 2, 3, or 5 (other Constable precincts are uncontested).

So that's 23 offices done, and 36 to go, using my generous-to-them count of only considering Dem-versus-GOP races. If we just consider categories of races, there are 14 of them, and we are exactly two weeks out from Election Day. I think you can do the math there. And yet today they rest. You'd think this year of all years, they'd want to work a little harder to get these all or at least mostly done in a timely fashion, but as with the primaries, that doesn't appear to be the case.

On a side note, still no Presidential endorsement from the Star-Telegram or El Paso Times. Burka and Evan Smith are keeping track of Texas newspaper endorsements, which included a few small papers for McCain yesterday. And finally, TexBlog PAC candidate Diana Maldonado picked up another endorsement for HD52.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 21, 2008 to Election 2008

Kuff - did you see this?


This is the first time EVER they have openly backed a Democrat.
I am stunned.

Posted by: Optimist on October 21, 2008 8:25 AM

We are screening for the District Clerk race tomorrow, the 22nd.

Posted by: Loren Jackson on October 21, 2008 3:00 PM
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