Statewide and legislative candidates facing primary opposition raised just over $10.3M and spent at least $22.1M during the first 20 days of 2022, according to 30-day-out reports filed yesterday (Monday) and available online today. Collectively, the candidates have $153M on hand. We expect both those totals will rise slightly as additional reports trickle in from the candidates.

All three figures are higher than those for the corresponding period in 2018, when candidates in contested primaries raised $7.5M, spent $15.2M and had $93.7M on hand.

Our Crib Sheets have been updated with the latest results. Notable reports are highlighted below.

Statewide

GOV (Likely R): Gov. Greg Abbott (R) out-raised former Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas), $1.4M to $1.1M, and outspent him, $4.5M to $2.7M. Abbott has a better than $60M advantage in cash on hand over each of his rivals. Former Republican Party of Texas chair Allen West raised $332K and has $83K on hand.

Abbott’s largest contributors for the period were Midland energy executive Javaid Anwar ($109K) and Lubbock commercial builder Chad Merchant ($100K). Huffines’s largest contributor was Defend Texas Liberty PAC ($1M), which supplied nearly 88% of his contribution total. Midland oil and gas executive Tim Dunn ($2.3M) and Cisco businessman Farris Wilks ($2M) supplied 98% of that Defend Texas Liberty PAC’s resources (The other $100K came from Plano investor Ken Fisher.).

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