Year-end campaign finance reports were due Friday for all federal officeholders and candidates. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made during the fourth quarter of 2019, and so cash-on-hand figures listed below are as of a month ago, December 31, 2019. Our Crib Sheets have been updated to incorporate these latest results. Please note that our contribution totals for the election cycle may not match candidates’ reports because we exclude loan proceeds as contributions and may not include some other adjustments depending on the candidate.
We made only two changes to our primary race ratings. We upgraded the CD12 Republican primary between U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) and former Colleyville council member Chris Putnam to five stars from four because of large cash on hand figures and outside money flowing into the race. We downgraded the CD31 Democratic primary to three starts from four because of low fundraising totals across the field.
We hope to have a clearer picture of some of these races when candidates facing primary opponents file their pre-primary reports on February 20. Some of the primary races, especially those with double-digit candidates, are a bit muddled by these results.
SEN: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) raised $2.75M, narrowly eclipsing the total raised by the field of Democrats seeking to challenge him, and he has $12.1M on hand. None of his primary rivals raised more than $30K. Round Rock nonprofit executive M.J. Hegar raised nearly $1.2M, more than the rest of the Democratic field combined, and she has $1M on hand, again more than the rest of the field combined. Four other candidates raised at least $100K: Sen. Royce West ($405K), Austin progressive organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez ($342K), former Houston council member Amanda Edwards ($215K) and former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell ($111K). No one else in the field reported raising more than $10K.
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