Lisa Luby Ryan is one of three state Republican primary challengers to out-raise their respective House incumbents during the last half of 2017. She is the only one to have collected more campaign contributions than the incumbent for the election cycle to date.
Ryan out-raised Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), $218K to $155K, for the period covered by January semiannual reports, and she has an overall advantage of $218K to $181K.
There’s another candidate in the race who has also raised more to date than Villalba: Democrat John Turner. Overall, he has raised $238K, more than either of the Republicans. The Dallas attorney and son of former U.S. Rep. Jim Turner (D-Crockett) raised $131K during the last half of 2017, the second most of any non-incumbent Democratic candidate for the House (Julie Johnson, who is challenging Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving), raised $205K.). However, unlike Villalba and Ryan, Turner has no primary opponent.
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