After 5 p.m. today, the Texas Ethics Commission posted totals for the 8-day-out reports candidates filed on Monday. The actual reports are generally not yet available, but we were able to determine many candidates’ largest donors between January 26 and February 24. We are in the process of updating our Crib Sheets and Hot Races,
As it has been in recent primary seasons, the biggest bets have been placed in Republican primaries featuring a movement conservative-backed candidate opposing an incumbent. Empower Texans PAC and Texas Right to Life PAC combined to spend $2.6M during the period. Large contributions were also made by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) in races on behalf of incumbents, challengers and open-seat candidates.
In other races, the absence of activity from movement conservative groups and other large donors suggests their preferred candidates are on their own.
In this report, we look at our Hot Races featuring an incumbent seeking re-election plus the open SD8 race. We will look at the other open seats tomorrow.
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