Our daily digest is an update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re working on for 7pm:

 

2018 Texas Elections Officially Begin This Weekend:

The 2018 Texas elections officially kick off Saturday.

That’s because the filing period for candidates running for political office runs from Nov. 11 to Dec. 11.

One of the biggest questions many Texans are asking is whether a viable, well-known Democratic candidate will challenge Governor Greg Abbott.

Texas Democratic leaders have been saying for months that one will emerge. We spoke with them Friday and they told us they’ll have a viable candidate by the end of the filing period.

Regardless, a Democratic challenger will have a tough time running against Governor Abbott, who’s got a $41 million campaign war chest and is polling well in the state.

But with the current political climate, Republicans could have a tougher time down ballot.

One Republican analyst says that could mean some Democratic gains in state legislative races.

“I think the Republicans will be fortunate to keep what they’ve got,” Ray Sullivan, a Republican consultant who served as Gov. Rick Perry’s chief of staff, said.  “I think they may lose a couple of Republican seats just because of the national political dynamic.”

Coming up at 7, we’ll take a look at the open Congressional seats after a slew of Republicans announced retirements.

 

Isaac Running for Congress:

As we reported Thursday, State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, has entered the race to replace retiring Congressman Lamar Smith.

He joins us to discuss why he’s running and his chances in what’s expected to be a crowded field.

 

Roy Moore Reaction:

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is refuting allegations in the Washington Post that he pursued relationships with four teenagers while in his thirties.

But in Washington, Senators, including the two Texans, are calling for him to step aside ahead of the election if the allegations are true.

We’ll have reaction to the shocking controversy.

 

Sutherland Springs Church Shooting Update:

Eleven people remain hospitalized after the deadliest church shooting in Texas history.

Twenty-six people, including an unborn child, were killed Sunday after a gunman walked into the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs and opened fire.

Medical officials at two San Antonio hospitals say the conditions of the wounded range from good to critical.

Brooke Army Medical Center has seven patients, five adults and two children. And University Health System has four patients, two of whom are children.

Officials at both hospitals have declined to release more specific information about the patients.

Meanwhile, a San Antonio business owner is leading the effort to build the First Baptist Church a new home. Hear from him at 7.

 

PolitiFact Texas:

Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas is in with a couple of fact checks dealing with background checks and voter registration.

 

Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7 on Spectrum News.

 

Posted by Karina Kling

@KarinaKling