State officeholders and candidates were required to file their July semiannual reports yesterday. Here we look at the statewide candidates’ results. We looked at key legislative races here. Please see our Crib Sheets for the latest numbers.
GOV: Democratic nominee Lupe Valdez has made more unwanted history. Following the historically low turnout for a Democratic gubernatorial runoff, Valdez has raised the smallest amount of money for a Democratic gubernatorial nominee since at least the beginning of modern campaign finance reporting in 1993.
Valdez reported $336K in contributions since May 13, bringing her total for the 2017-18 election cycle to $788K. As of this point in their respective campaigns, Valdez has raised barely more than a third of what former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell (D-Houston) had raised for his 2006 challenge of then-Gov. Rick Perry (R).
She also lags behind the fundraising pace of 1998 nominee Garry Mauro, who had raised $2.5M by this point in the campaign calendar. Bell and Mauro received 30% and 31% of the vote, respectively.
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