Analysis: In 2020’s Texas legislative elections, competition is tricky business.

10Special interest groups and their lobbyists don’t like to campaign against incumbent legislators, for fear they’ll suffer if those incumbents return for another session. That “friendly incumbent” policy has spread to lawmakers themselves.

Lobbyists and special interests around Texas government have generally followed the “friendly incumbent rule” — withholding political contributions to candidates challenging incumbent members of the House and Senate. They might help an incumbent, or not, but they won’t work against one. It’s a matter of self-preservation.

That’s because incumbents, on average, survive electoral challenges. And if you’re a member of what passes for a royal court in Austin — the people who know the names of legislators’ children and pets, their favorite restaurants, and how and why they vote the way they do — getting on the wrong side of a returning legislator is not very smart… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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