Federal officeholders and candidates were required to file quarterly campaign finance reports by last Sunday. Those reports detail contributions received and expenditures made during the third quarter, but this report focuses on the total amount of contributions the candidates have raised during the first three quarters of 2017.
See our Federal Crib Sheet for the latest numbers.
Twelve Democratic candidates seeking to take on Republican U.S. House incumbents have raised at least $100K so far this year, indicating higher interest in their campaigns – and in defeating incumbents – than Texas’s congressional delegation has seen in recent election cycles. During the entire two-year 2016 election cycle, just six challengers received at least $100K in contributions.
Democratic challengers running for the U.S. House of Representatives have collectively raised $4.9M so far in 2017. This figure is already $1.9M more than the entire slate of Democratic challengers raised during the entire 2015-16 election cycle and already $4.0M more when one excludes former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine), who alone accounted for more than 70% of all funds raised by the party’s candidates that cycle.
These figures do not include U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), who is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R). O’Rourke’s campaign said it raised $1.7M during the third quarter, bringing his year-to-date total to $4.2M (His report is not currently available online.). He out-raised the Cruz re-election campaign committee, $1.7M to $1.3M, during the quarter.
Combined, O’Rourke and the House Democratic candidates have already raised nearly $6.6M, well more than double the amount the slate of candidates – including those defeated in primaries – raised during all eight quarters of 2015-16.
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