Our first sweep through the July semiannual reports for the House of Representatives will focus on seats we already know are being contested, either in the primary or in the general election. This post has been updated to reflect further information about loans made by Rep. Dawnna Dukes to her campaign accounts.
HD2: Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) has a $35K to $22K advantage in cash on hand over primary challenger Bryan Slaton, and he out-raised Slaton, $30K to $24K, for the period.
HD8: Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) has a narrow lead over primary challenger Thomas McNutt in cash on hand, $257K to $250K, but reported no contributions. Cook has previously reported no contributions just after a legislative session. McNutt reported $321K in contributions, more than triple the amount he raised during the first fundraising period of his 2016 campaign. McNutt’s largest contributors included Frisco businesswoman JoAnn Wilks ($50K), the Empower Texans PAC ($40K), Dallas investor Darwin Deason ($10K), Frisco businessman Anthony Ewing ($10K), Odessa businessman Dick Saulsbury ($10K), Midland businessman Kyle Stallings ($10K) and Frisco executive James Webb ($10K).
HD15 open: Former Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) reported raising $52K and has the same amount on hand. His largest contributors included the Empower Texans PAC ($25K) and The Woodlands attorney Eric Yollick ($5K).
Subscribers can read the rest of this report.