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Political Roundup: The significance of endorsements in the mayoral race

Candidates in the Houston mayoral runoff picked up a slew of endorsements this week. In this week’s political roundup, we discuss how much those endorsements mean in a runoff for a municipal election where turnout is already low.

Houston Matters Political Roundup

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There’s a special day coming up — and we don’t just mean Thanksgiving.

Early voting begins Monday in the runoff election, which is Dec. 9. Among the races being decided is who will be the next Houston mayor. And the candidates picked up a slew of endorsements this week.

In this week’s political roundup, we discuss how much those endorsements mean in a runoff for a municipal election where turnout is already low.

We also discuss the latest in local, state, national, and global politics including:

  • School vouchers failing to get over the finish line in the latest special of the Texas Legislature
  • The new Texas law that would give the state the authority to arrest people suspected of entering Texas illegally from a foreign country
  • Age as a factor in the presidential race
  • The significance of former Pres. John F. Kennedy’s speech in Houston to Latino civil rights leaders the day before he was assassinated, 60 years ago today

Joining us for today’s conversation are Beth Simas, an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, and UH political science lecturer Nancy Sims.