At least four Democratic congressional challengers will report raising at least $1M each during the second quarter of 2018:
- Colin Allred, challenging U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas), will report raising $1.1M and having $900K on hand
- Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, challenging U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston), will report raising more than $1M and having $800K on hand.
- J. Hegar, challenging U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock), will report raising $1.1M, of which around $750K was contributed after her web ad, “Doors,” went viral; and
- Gina Ortiz Jones, challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio), will report raising $1.2M.
Not included above is U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), whose campaign has not released quarterly fundraising information. His campaign said he raised more than $3.5M online during the first two months of the quarter.
In 2016, the Democratic general election challengers to incumbent Republicans raised $2.5M collectively over the entire two-year election cycle. Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) was responsible for 86% of that total during his rematch against Hurd. No other Democrat challenging a Republican raised more than $67K during that election cycle.
In 2014, the Democratic challengers collectively raised $280K (U.S. Senate nominee David Alameel (D) contributed $4.3M to his campaign.) during the entire two-year election cycle.
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