Early voting concludes Tuesday in most jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 8 and begins tomorrow (Monday) in most jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 15. As of 6 p.m. CDT today (Sunday), just over 4% of eligible Dallas Co. registered voters had cast ballots, mostly in Dallas. In-person turnout was highest on Saturday. As of yesterday (Saturday), about 58K people had voted early in person in San Antonio, which is well ahead of the pace for the May 4 election, when just 68K people voted early in person and by mail in the mayoral election.
Campaign finance reports were due for candidates in the June 8 runoff elections where required by charter. The 8-day-out campaign finance reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between April 25 and May 29.
Dallas: Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) out-raised council member Scott Griggs, $847K to $311K, and outspent him, $549K to $303K. Johnson has a $872K to $43K advantage in cash on hand. Overall, Johnson has out-raised Griggs, $1.55M to $615K, and outspent him, $1.1M to $554K. In the D14 runoff, challenger David Blewett has out-raised incumbent Philip Kingston, $71K to $58K, and narrowly outspent him, $59K to $52K. Kingston has a $58K to $25K advantage in cash on hand. In open D9, Paula Blackmon has out-raised Erin Moore, $60K to $27K, and outspent her, $56K to $26K. In open D7, Adam Bazaldua and former council member Tiffinni Young each reported $28K in contributions. In D4, incumbent Carolyn King Arnold out-raised challenger Dawn Blair, $20K to $12K.
San Antonio: Mayor Ron Nirenberg out-raised council member Greg Brockhouse, $330K to $115K, and outspent him, $322K to $105K, over the last five weeks of the runoff campaign. With a week to go before Election Day, Nirenberg has a $96K to $29K advantage in cash on hand. Since January 1, Nirenberg has out-raised Brockhouse, $614K to $196K, and outspent him, $837K to $177K.
By contrast, relatively little money has gone to the six council runoff candidates. P4 candidate Adriana Garcia ($31K) and P6 candidate Melissa Havrda ($28K) accounted for more than three quarters of all contributions for the period.
Abilene: The Abilene Reporter-News endorsed challenger Cory Clements over incumbent P5 council member Kyle McAlister. The paper declined to endorse a candidate for the May 4 election. The candidates’ 8-day-out campaign finance reports were not yet available online.
Plano: D5 incumbent Ron Kelley out-raised challenger Shelby Williams, $59K to $17K, but was outspent by Williams, $38K to $18K. Kelley received $41K, mostly in kind, from the Plano Firefighters PAC. In open D7, Ann Bacchus out-raised Lily Bao, $70K to $49K, but was narrowly outspent by Bao, $61K to $54K. Bacchus received more than $32K from the We Love Plano PAC and more than $12K from the Plano Firefighters PAC. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has previously endorsed Bao and Williams.
CD31: Round Rock apparel company owner Jon Curtis established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) as a Democrat.
Secretary of State: Former Secretary of State David Whitley has rejoined the governor’s office. Whitley resigned last week as the Senate neared final adjournment without confirming his nomination. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has not yet named a replacement.
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