Federal candidates and officeholders were required to file April quarterly reports by today (Sunday). These reports cover contributions received and expenditures made between February 15 and March 31. Not all of the reports or totals are available online as of this moment, but we have some highlights for key runoff and general election races:
SEN: We have not seen the actual reports, and don’t expect to see them for at least a week, but we know from candidates’ statements that U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) raised twice as much as Sen. Ted Cruz (R) during the first quarter of 2018. O’Rourke’s campaign said he raised $6.7M during the first three months of the year, meaning he raised around $4.5M since February 14. Cruz’s campaign said he raised $3.2M, which includes funds he raised for two additional fundraising committees. Our Crib Sheets will show only the amounts raised and spent by his re-election campaign, so the gap between O’Rourke and Cruz will grow larger. O’Rourke is expected to have at least $8M on hand, which would be roughly the same as Cruz has combined in his re-election account, the Ted Cruz Victory Committee ($62K) and the Jobs, Freedom and Security PAC ($548K). The latter two accounts file reports electronically, but the official campaign accounts file paper copies with the Secretary of the U.S. Senate and then are scanned and transmitted to the Federal Election Commission.
CD2 open: Dan Crenshaw out-raised Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston), $224K to $142K, for the period and has out-raised Roberts, $313K to $223K, during the first quarter of 2018. Roberts still holds the advantage in overall contributions for the campaign cycle ($479K to $307K). Roberts has the advantage over Crenshaw in cash on hand, $140K to $80K.
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