Congressional candidates on the general election ballot were required to file their pre-general election reports today (Thursday). These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made during the first two weeks of October. Contribution totals include net contributions from individuals and entities plus transfers from authorized committees.
Historically, these reports do not add much clarity above the October quarterly reports into the states of the races, and this year is no exception. That said, there were several notable challengers who out-raised and/or outspent incumbents. Our Crib Sheets have been updated with the most recent results.
SEN (Lean Republican): Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar out-raised U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R), $3.6M to $1.3M, and each candidate spend more than $5.25M. Hegar has a better than $3M advantage in cash on hand (COH), $6.9M to $3.8M.
CD2 (Toss Up): Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) raised $1.4M, bringing his total for the election cycle to $16.2M. That’s roughly two thirds the amount raised by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) for the cycle. Crenshaw spent $1.4M and has nearly $3.6M on hand. Democratic challenger Sima Ladjevardian raised $265K, spent $812K and has $132K on hand.
CD3 (Toss Up): Democratic challenger Lulu Seikaly out-raised U.S. Rep. Van Taylor (R-Plano), $147K to $117K, and they both spent just over $410K apiece. Taylor has an $892K to $298K advantage in COH.
CD6 (Lean Republican): U.S. Rep. Ron Wright (R-Arlington) out-raised Democratic challenger Stephen Daniel, $71K to $41K, and outspent him, $136K to $95K. Wright has a $173K to $54K advantage in COH.
CD7 (Lean Democratic): Republican challenger Wesley Hunt out-raised U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston), $556K to $250K, and outspent her, $1.4M to $938K. The incumbent has a $911K to $530K COH advantage.
CD10 (Toss Up): Democratic challenger Mike Siegel out-raised U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin), $379K to $181K, but was outspent by the incumbent, $665K to $424K. McCaul has the advantage in COH, $687K to $235K.
CD21 (Toss Up): Democratic challenger Wendy Davis out-raised U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Austin), $893K to $312K, and outspent him, $2.3M to $1.7M. Roy leads in COH, $983K to $513K.
CD22 open (Toss Up): Democratic nominee Sri Preston Kulkarni out-raised Fort Bend Co. Sheriff Troy Nehls, $318K to $189K, and outspent him by nearly $1M ($1.35M to $384K). Kulkarni has a greater than $1M advantage in cash on hand ($1.35M to $165K).
CD23 open (Lean Democratic): Democratic nominee Gina Ortiz Jones out-raised Republican Tony Gonzales II, $338K to $212K, and outspent him by nearly $1M ($1.47M to $526K). She has a COH advantage of $978K to $285K.
CD24 open (Toss Up): Democratic nominee Candace Valenzuela out-raised Republican nominee Beth Van Duyne, $474K to $185K, and outspent her, $1.1M to $605K. Van Duyne has a slight $370K to $354K advantage in COH.
CD25 (Lean Republican): Democratic challenger Julie Oliver out-raised U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin), $229K to $38K, and outspent him, $615K to $439K. Williams added a $50K loan. He has a $267K to $111K advantage in COH.
CD31 (Toss Up): Democratic challenger Donna Imam out-raised U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock), $101K to $19K, and outspent him, $270K to $203K. The incumbent has the advantage in COH, $668K to $211K.
CD32 (Likely Democratic): Republican challenger Genevieve Collins narrowly out-raised U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas), $267K to $241K, but was narrowly outspent by the incumbent, $1.39M to $1.23M. Allred has a $534K to $270K advantage in COH.
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