Statewide candidates facing primary opposition raised nearly $19M and spent more than $36M during the past month, according to their 8-day-out campaign finance reports. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between January 21 and February 19. Contributions received after that period must be disclosed in daily pre-election reports, and those will not be reflected below or in our Crib Sheets.
GOV (Likely R): Gov. Greg Abbott (R) out-raised former Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas), $3.8M to $2.8M, and outspent him, $15.0M to $4.7M. Abbott has nearly $50M on hand. Former Republican Party chair Allen West raised $959K and spent $596K.
Huffines’s largest contributors for the period were Defend Texas Liberty PAC ($2.2M), Midland oil and gas executive Kyle Stallings and his wife Jamie ($200K and Dallas broadcaster John Wells ($100K). Collectively, they accounted for 90% of his contribution total.
West’s largest contributors included Broussard, La. Retiree Greg Mosing ($175K); Gatesville retiree Gary Heavin ($100K); New York City consultant John Tsanas ($100K); Lake Forest, Ill. business owner Richard Uihlein ($65K); Fulshear consultant Shawn Fry ($35K); Dallas retiree John Peck ($26K); Keller media producer Chad Campbell ($25K). Out-of-state donors supplied 54% of West’s contribution total.
On the Democratic side, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) raised $3.0M, spent $2.2M and has $6.8M on hand. Over the election cycle, Abbott has out-raised O’Rourke, $43M to $10M.
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