Eight-day-out campaign finance reports were due yesterday for state and legislative candidates (and some local candidates) with general election opponents. The reports cover contributions received and expenditures made between September 29 and October 29. From this point to the election, any additional contributions must be reported on a daily basis.

Among competitive or potentially competitive races for the Texas House, incumbents out-raised their challengers in all cases but one (Rep. Gilbert Peña in HD144) and generally have strong advantages in cash on hand. By far the most competitive fundraising race is HD107, where Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R-Dallas) and challenger Victoria Neave combined to raised nearly $550K in a month.

HD23: Rep. Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson) out-raised former Rep. Lloyd Criss (R-La Marque), $177K to $9K and outspent him, $99K to $8K, for the period. Faircloth has a $141K to $4K advantage in cash on hand. Faircloth’s largest contributors for the period were Republican Party of Texas ($47K), Texans for Lawsuit Reform ($30K), Associated Republicans of Texas ($28K), State Farm Agents State PAC ($20K) and Houston homebuilder Richard Weekley ($10K).

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