We begin our final report of the day with some campaign finance news that we have not included in our prior coverage of incumbents with primary challengers, statewide results and open-seat races and seats potentially in play. We also want to point out that we have corrected two contributor names in our HD60 write-up that resulted from a data error.
Our Crib Sheets have been fully updated with the latest campaign finance results.
HD27: Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) was out-raised by Republican challenger Manish Seth, $51K to $22K, and Seth has a $22K to $4K advantage in cash on hand. The report for Byron Ross, Reynolds’s primary opponent, was not yet available. Seth’s primary opponent raised $2K.
HD65: Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) narrowly out-raised Republican challenger Kronda Thimesch, $64K to $57K, but Thimesch has a slight advantage in cash on hand, $54K to $42K. Beckley’s primary challenger raised $9K and has less than $1K on hand. Thimesch’s primary challenger raised $4K and has less than $1K on hand.
HD66: Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) raised $111K and has $207K on hand. Democratic challenger Aimee Garza Lopez loaned her campaign $116K, giving her $109K on hand after $14K in contributions. Her Democratic challenger Sharon Hirsch raised $35K and has $41K on hand.
HD67: Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Allen) raised $220K, spent $131K and has $403K on hand. Three Democratic candidates raised at least $24K: Tom Afair ($43K), Rocio Gosewehr Hernandez ($39K) and Lorenzo Sanchez ($24K).
HD93: Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) out-raised Democratic challenger Lydia Bean, $152K to $66K, and has a $501K to $72K advantage in cash on hand.
Non-Campaign Finance News
SD27: The Texas AFT union PAC endorsed State Board of Education member Ruben Cortez over Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville).
HD10 open: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Jake Ellzey to succeed the retiring Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie).
Abilene: Mayor Anthony Williams filed for re-election to a second term.
Corpus Christi: Former Nueces Co. Comm. Mike Pusley (R) announced he would run for an at-large council seat. Pusley lost the 2018 general election for Nueces County Judge to Barbara Canales (D).
Sugar Land: Mayor Joe Zimmerman filed for re-election.
Motor Voter Suit: The League of Women Voters of Texas was among the plaintiffs in a new federal lawsuit claiming state law violates the National Voter Registration Act because it does not provide voter registrations with online driver’s license applications. “Voters have a right to clear and easy access to registration,” said Grace Chimene, the LWV’s state president. “By not providing this access to online users, the state of Texas is denying its voters their rights.”
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