SD19 special: Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) out-raised former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine), $88K to $46K, and outspent Gallego, $251K to $97K, during the first 21 days of July. Candidates were required to file their 8-day-out reports yesterday (Monday). Gutierrez and Gallego each have just under $80K on hand. Republican Pete Flores raised just under $20K and spent $15K. Over the election cycle, Gutierrez has out-raised Gallego, $511K to $284K, and outspent him, $561K to $121K.
Gutierrez’s largest contributions during the period came from Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc. ($10K), AT&T Texas PAC ($5K), Blackridge ($5K), San Antonio general contractor Chester Drash Jr. ($5K), San Antonio attorney David Earl ($5K), Southern Glazer’s PAC of Texas ($5K) and Texas Optometric PAC ($5K). Gallego’s largest contributions during the period came from Houston law firm Williams Kherkher Hart & Boundas LLP ($10K), McAllen alcohol distributor Greg LaMantia ($5K), Waco rancher Lyndon Olson ($5K), Rural Friends of Texas Electric Cooperatives ($3K) and Rep. Garnet Coleman ($2.5K). Flores’s largest contributions during the period came from Rio Grande City physician Antonio Falcon ($5K), San Antonio rancher Karen Hixon ($2.5K) and Houston oil businessman Reed Morian ($2.5K).
Early voting continues through Friday. Election Day is Tuesday, July 31.
HD132: Annie’s List endorsed Democratic challenger Gina Calanni over Rep. Mike Schofield (R-Katy).
HD134: Annie’s List endorsed Democratic challenger Allison Lami Sawyer over Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston).
CD7: National pundit Larry Sabato has updated his rating for the seat held by U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) to “toss-up” from “leans Republican.”
CD31: National pundit Larry Sabato has updated his rating for the seat held by U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) to “likely Republican” from “safe Republican.”
DeWitt Co.: Former Sheriff Jode Zavesky (R) announced he would run as a write-in candidate for Justice of the Peace P2. He served three terms as sheriff before declining to seek re-election in 2016. The late Bill Robinson (R), who was unopposed for re-election, died one day after the March primary. If his candidacy is certified, Zavesky would face interim Justice of the Peace Blanca McBride, the former elections administrator who was appointed to serve the remainder of Robinson’s term and later elected by the DeWitt Co. Republican Party’s executive committee to be the replacement nominee.
Harris Co.: Annie’s List endorsed Democratic challenger Lina Hidalgo over County Judge Ed Emmert (R).
Hunt Co.: Sherry Fair, the Republican nominee for county treasurer, has withdrawn for “personal family reasons.” The county executive committee selected Brittni Espino Turner, whom Fair defeated in the primary, 63%-37%, to be the replacement nominee. Libertarian Janie Watkins is also seeking the post. Incumbent Delores Shelton did not seek re-election.
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