Today was the deadline for primary runoff candidates to file 8-day-out campaign finance reports – our first look into their fundraising efforts since late February. These reports typically are made available online during the day tomorrow. Our Crib Sheets have been updated with totals from early filers, and we have some details on HD120 below.
SD1 open: The Texas Parent PAC endorsed Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview).
HD73: Steven Hotze of Conservative Republicans of Texas endorsed Rep. Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels). Hotze had previously endorsed Chris Byrd in the primary.
HD120 open: Barbara Gervin-Hawkins reported raising $61K – nearly double what she had raised before the primary – since February 21 and spending $46K. She has nearly $30K on hand.
Gervin-Hawkins Top Contributors for the Runoff
$20,000 – Keith Stone
$5,000 – Annie’s List, Texas Charter Schools NOW PAC
$4,000 – Rex Gore
$2,500 – Texas Building Branch AGC PAC
$2,000 – Harslem-Clasquin Family Trust
$1,500 – Nathan Hawkins, J&P Paving Co., San Antonio Fire and Police Pensioners Assoc.
$1,000 – Robert Bruni, Marvin Rush, San Antonio AGC PAC, Mark Wittig
Her largest single contribution ($20K) came from Keith Stone, CEO of a Florida-based fleet management and electronic payments company. Stone previously contributed $25K to her campaign in January. He represents 46% of her total contributions to date.
Notably, Hawkins received $4K from Austin attorney Rex Gore, who typically donates to socially conservative candidates and groups opposed to Speaker Joe Straus. His only other donations to Democratic candidates were $5K to Abraham Padron (who lost to Rep. Sergio Munoz Jr.), $3K to former Rep. Chente Quintanilla (who lost to Rep. Mary Gonzalez) and $2K to Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.
Mario Salas’ campaign finance report is not yet available. Salas raised $11K and spent $11K before the primary election.
HD128: Former Gov. Rick Perry endorsed Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown).
CD19 open: Former candidate Don Parrish endorsed Glen Robertson. Parrish finished eighth in the primary with 2% of the vote. He joins former candidates Jason Corley and Donald May in endorsing Robertson. May finished fourth with 9% of the vote. Corley finished sixth with 2.5% of the vote. As far as we can tell, none of the other unsuccessful primary candidates have made public endorsements for the runoff, including third-place finisher Michael Bob Starr (21%).
Note: We try to report new endorsements only, but we are in a time where candidates publicize all their endorsers, so we may inadvertently report old news now and then.