Today (Tues.) is the deadline for statewide and legislative candidates with general election opposition to file their 30-day-out campaign finance reports. These reports disclose contributions received, expenditures made and loans taken out between July 1 and September 29. We expect these reports to become available online tomorrow (Wed.), and we will begin updating our Crib Sheets at that time.
Based on these reports, we may adjust some race ratings accordingly.
GOV (Likely R): The Beto O’Rourke (D) campaign said he raised $25M between July 1 and September 29, while Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) campaign said he raised nearly $25M. O’Rourke raised $27.6M during the preceding period, which ran from late February to the end of June, edging out Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) $24.9M in contributions. Neither campaign released cash on hand figures, but Abbott entered the current fundraising period with a $46.0M to $23.9M advantage.
LTGOV (Lean R): Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s (R) campaign announced he raised $2.2M during the current fundraising period, which is very close to the $2.3M he raised between the primary and the end of June. The campaign did not release a cash on hand figure, but Patrick entered the period with a record $27.0M on hand.
AG (Lean R): Democratic challenger Rochelle Garza’s campaign released a new ad, “Briefcases,” highlighting her promise to protect Texans’ rights.
The National Border Patrol Council endorsed Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R). The group previously endorsed Paxton’s primary challenger, Land Comm. George P. Bush (R).
LAND (Likely R): Jay Kleberg’s (D) campaign released a new ad, “Trust,” focusing on veterans’ issues.
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