Early voting for the May 24 runoff election begins Monday.
Congressional candidates facing runoffs were required to file their pre-runoff campaign finance reportsyesterday (Thursday). These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between April 1 and May 4.
Collectively, runoff candidates raised just over $2M during the period, of which nearly 60% was raised by one candidate. In CD28 (Lean D), progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros out-raised U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo), $1.2M to $352K. She narrowly outspent him, $832K to $743K, and she entered the campaign’s final stretch with a $1.4M to $1.0M advantage in cash on hand.
Over the election cycle, Cisneros has out-raised Cuellar, $4.4M to $3.0M. She raised just under $2M for her unsuccessful 2020 primary challenge.
In the Republican runoff, Cassy Garcia out-raised Sandra Whitten, $114K to $4K, and outspent her, $119K to $6K.
In the Democratic runoff for CD30 open (Safe D), Jane Hope Hamilton out-raised state Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas), $98K to $63K, and narrowly outspent her, $80K to $73K. Both candidates have around $110K on hand. In CD15 open (Toss Up), Michelle Vallejo (D) out-raised Ruben Ramirez (D), $90K to $58K, but was outspent, $78K to $64K. She has a $109K to $80K advantage in cash on hand.
LTGOV (Lean R): The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Mike Collier (D) in the runoff over Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton). The paper previously endorsed Carla Brailey (D) in the primary.
AG (Lean R): The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Land Comm. George P. Bush (R) in the runoff over incumbent Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R). The paper endorsed Rochelle Garza (D) over Joe Jaworski (D).
COMP (Likely R): The Houston Chronicle endorsed Janet Dudding (D) in the runoff over Ángel Luis Vega.
LAND open (Likely R): The Dallas Morning News endorsed Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) in the runoff over Tim Westley (D). The paper previously endorsed Don Minton (R) in the primary.
RRC (Likely R): The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle endorsed challenger Sarah Stogner (R) in the runoff over Comm. Wayne Christian (R). The Chronicle previously endorsed Dawayne Tipton (R) in the primary.
HD63 open (Likely R): The Dallas Morning News made no endorsement in the runoff between Ben Bumgarner (R) and Jeff Younger (R).
HD70 open (Toss Up): The Dallas Morning News endorsed Cassandra Garcia Hernandez (D) in the runoff over Mihaela Plesa (D).
HD91 (Likely R): The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) in the runoff over David Lowe (R).
HD93 open (Likely R): The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Laura Hill (R) in the runoff over Nate Schatzline (R).
HD133 open (Likely R): The Houston Chronicle endorsed Mano DeAyala (R) in the runoff over Shelley Barineau.
HD147 (Safe D): The Houston Chronicle endorsed Danielle Keys Bess (D) in the runoff over Rep.-elect Jolanda Jones (D-Houston).
Tarrant Co.: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Phil Sorrells (R) in the runoff for district attorney over Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth).