Today (Sunday) was the deadline for federal officeholders and candidates to file their July semiannual campaign finance reports. For most filers, the reports cover the period from April 1 to June 30. The reporting period for candidates who faced primary runoff elections was May 3 to June 30.
Five Democratic challengers – Colin Allred (CD32), Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (CD7), M.J. Hegar (CD31), Gina Ortiz Jones (CD23) and Julie Oliver (CD25) – out-raised their incumbent opponents. Two others — Sri Preston Kulkarni (CD22) and Dayna Steele (CD36) – came close to out-raising the incumbent. Joseph Kopser (CD21) and Jana Lynne Sanchez (CD6) out-raised the Republican nominees for Republican-held open seats.
CD2 open: Republican Dan Crenshaw narrowly out-raised Democratic challenger Todd Litton, $319K to $288K, over their respective periods, and Crenshaw has a $949K to $834K advantage in contributions for the election cycle. Crenshaw defeated Rep. Kevin Roberts (R-Houston) in the Republican runoff. Litton, who did not face a runoff opponent, has a better than 4-to-1 advantage in cash on hand, $408K to $100K.
CD6 open: Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez narrowly out-raised Republican Ron Wright, $97K to $92K, and she has a $68K to $25K advantage in cash on hand. Both candidates faced primary runoff opponents. Sanchez has out-raised Wright for the election cycle, $358K to $313K.
CD7: Democratic challenger Lizzie Pannill Fletcher out-raised U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) by more than half a million dollars despite a shorter fundraising period. Fletcher raised $878K since May 3 compared to Culberson’s $339K raised since April 1. Culberson has a $1.3M to $797K advantage in cash on hand. The Culberson Victory Committee, a joint fundraising effort, raised $341K, including $125K each from Holloway Frost and Kathaleen Wall. The committee transferred $71K to Culberson’s campaign account and $218K to the National Republican Campaign Committee.
CD21 open: Democrat Joseph Kopser nearly doubled the amount raised by Republican Chip Roy, $380K to $204K, for the period. Both faced runoff opponents. Kopser has out-raised Roy for the election cycle, $1.4M to $935K, and Kopser holds a $364K to $190K advantage in cash on hand.
CD22: U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) narrowly out-raised Democratic challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni, $202K to $171K, over their respective reporting periods. Kulkarni had a primary runoff race, so his contribution total covered a shorter period of time than Olson. The incumbent has a $253K to $89K advantage in cash on hand, but he has the second smallest war chest of any incumbent Republican member from Texas.
CD23: Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones out-raised U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) by $300K despite a shorter reporting period. Jones raised almost $750K since May 3, well ahead of Hurd’s quarterly total of $446K. He maintains a slight edge in total contributions for the election cycle, $2.1M to $1.8M, and he has a significant advantage in cash on hand, $2.0M to $1.2M. Her cash-on-hand figure is the largest for any challenger for U.S. House from Texas.
CD25: Democratic challenger Julie Oliver out-raised U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin), $101K to $77K, over their respective reporting periods. Oliver faced a primary runoff opponent, so her reporting period was shorter than the incumbent’s. Williams has a 3-to-1 edge in total contributions for the election cycle, $606K to $199K, and a better than $1M edge in cash on hand.
CD31: Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar out-raised U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) better than 4-to-1 despite having a shorter reporting period. Hegar raised more than $1.1M since May 3. Carter raised $266K during the second quarter. Hegar has out-raised Carter, $1.6M to $1.0M, for the election cycle, and she has an $867K to $538K advantage in cash on hand.
CD32: Democratic challenger Colin Allred out-raised U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas), $881K to $695K, despite a shorter reporting period. Allred faced a primary runoff opponent while Sessions did not. Sessions holds the lead in overall campaign contributions for the election cycle, $2.8M to $1.9M, and has a 2-to-1 advantage in cash on hand, $1.9M to $942K. Allred’s cash on hand figure is the second largest for any Texas challenger, and he has more on hand than 18 Texas incumbents seeking re-election.
CD36: Democratic challenger Dayna Steele almost raised as much as U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Woodville) for the quarter. Babin raised $218K to Steele’s $215K. The incumbent has a significant advantage in cash on hand, $943K to $174K.
SEN: Campaign finance reports for U.S. Senate candidates are filed with the Secretary of the Senate and often not available electronically for several weeks. We know from the campaigns that U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) more than doubled the amount raised by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), $10.4M to $4.6M.
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