Federal candidates’ pre-primary reports were due on Friday. These reports cover contributions received and expenditures made between January 1 and February 10. While some reports have (still) not yet posted to the Federal Election Commission’s web site, the reports we can see give insight into which Congressional incumbents believe they are in real primary fights.
Incumbents with primary opponents spent nearly $4 million during the first six weeks of 2016. Incumbents spending more than $250K for the period include U.S. Reps. Kevin Brady ($710K), Gene Green ($585K), Peter Sessions ($482K), Lamar Smith ($316K), Sam Johnson ($313K) and John Ratcliffe ($261K). Adrian Garcia spent the most of any challenger ($171K). Glen Robertson ($490K) and Vicente Gonzalez ($479K) led open-seat candidates in spending.
CD1: U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) reported raising more than $90K and spending nearly $80K. The report of Simon Winston, his principal opponent, was not available, but he reported having more than $300K on hand as of December 31 thanks to more than $300K in loans.
CD3: U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano) reported spending $313K, more than 10 times the amount spent by his nearest rival, John Slavens ($28K).
CD4: Freshman U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Rockwall) reported spending $261K. The report of Lou Gigliotti, his principal opponent, was not available.
CD6: U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis) reported spending $153K, more than 55 times his nearest opponent.
CD7: U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) reported raising $167K and spending $236K. His nearest rival, James Lloyd, raised $71K and spent $68K. The third Republican in the race, Maria Espinoza, spent more than $35K.
CD8: U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) reported raising $222K and spending $710K, the most of any candidate for the period. Former state Sen. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) raised $67K and spent $80K.
CD14: U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Pearland) spent less than $18K. His opponent has not yet filed any campaign finance reports.
CD15 open: McAllen attorney Vicente Gonzalez has loaned his campaign $1 million and has spent more than $475K. His nearest rival, Mission realtor Dolly Elizondo, led the field with $76K in contributions and spent $161K. Edinburg attorney Sonny Palacios raised $56K and spent $113K.
CD17: U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Bryan) reported spending more than $190K. His only opponent whose pre-primary report is available reported spending less than $6K.
CD19 open: Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson reported spending $490K, more than the rest of the field combined. Jodey Arrington ($161K) and Michael Bob Starr ($156K) were the next two highest spenders.
CD21: U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) reported raising $130K and spending $316K, about 7 times the amount reported by his nearest rival, Matt McCall.
CD27: U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi) reported raising $30K and spending $109K. His opponent Gregg Deeb raised $8K more than Farenthold but spent only $46K.
CD29: U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston) reported raising $413K, the highest figure for any candidate, and spent $585K. Former Harris Co. Sheriff Adrian Garcia raised $133K, the most of any non-incumbent (and more than all but five incumbents), and spent $171K.
CD32: U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) reported raising $160K and spending $482K. Challenger Russ Ramsland raised $56K and spent $93K, and challenger Paul Brown raised $37K and spent $32K.