Campaign Finance: State, legislative and local (where required) candidates facing general election opponents are required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports today (Tuesday). These reports are expected to be available online sometime tomorrow (Wednesday), at which point we will begin updating our Crib Sheets and reporting key race results.
GOV: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) raised $5.7M and spent $7.3M between July 1 and September 27. He has $26.8M on hand. For the corresponding period in 2014, Abbott raised $7.9M and had $30.1M on hand. Abbott’s current cash-on-hand figure is his lowest since December 31, 2015, when he had $22.5M on hand. It is nonetheless $16.7M more than former Gov. Rick Perry (R) had on hand as of this time in 2010. Former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s report was not yet available, but she is expected to be far, far behind Abbott.
AGRIC: Democratic challenger Kim Olson out-raised Comm. Sid Miller (R) better than 5-to-1, and she has a better than 3-to-1 advantage in cash on hand. Miller raised less than $25K since June 30, which is less than Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Mark Tippetts ($37K), and he had $53K on hand. Olson reported having $162K on hand.
SC6: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Justice Jeff Brown (R).
SD10: The Beverly Powell (D) campaign released a new ad, “Deserve,” focused on public education.
Meanwhile, the campaign of Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) published a new web site attacking Powell for “failing to pay her taxes.”
SD16: The campaign of Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) released a new ad, “Smash Waste,” in which he hits waste with a hammer and sets taxes on fire.
CD7: Women Vote, an offshoot of Emily’s List, released a new ad, “Line,” attacking U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) on health insurance issues.
CD21: The Chip Roy (R) campaign released a new ad, “Security,” focused on the border and the military.
CD22: The Sri Preston Kulkarni (D) campaign said he raised $575K in the third quarter. He had raised $410K for the election cycle up to June 30.
CD23: The National Republican Congressional Committee released a new ad, “Write Another,” attacking Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones.
CD32: The Colin Allred (D) campaign released a new ad, “Listening,” attacking U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) on health care.
The House Majority PAC released a new ad, “It Shows,” also attacking Sessions.
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