Republican primary challenger Damon Rambo out-raised Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), $103K to $51K, during the first 25 days of 2018, but almost all of that money came from one source: Empower Texans PAC.

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Bonnen, an 11-term incumbent, holds the overall advantage in total contributions, $253K to $124K, and he has a $627K lead in cash on hand. Bonnen has outspent Rambo nearly 10-to-1 for the election cycle to date. No other candidates have filed for the race.

In fact, that statement has been largely true since Bonnen was first elected in 1996. Bonnen has not faced a primary challenger since 2000, and he hasn’t faced a Democratic challenger since 2004. He has run completely unopposed since 2008. Bonnen’s long rest from competition may well be the biggest asset for Rambo, a Markham pastor.

His other biggest asset is Empower Texans PAC, which has supplied nearly $5 out of every $6 the challenger has raised so far.

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