State and legislative candidates with general election opponents were required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports on Tuesday. These reports cover all contributions received and expenditures made between July 1 and September 29, and they are a good barometer of the perceived competitiveness of each race.

Generally speaking, this appears to be a quieter fundraising period than the corresponding periods in 2012 and 2014. Fewer “big bets” are being placed in races by individuals and PACs, probably because only a handful of races appear to be truly competitive this year. We expect to see some significantly larger contributions in the 8-day-out reports in the most competitive districts.

In this post, we will take a high-level look at the most competitive House races listed in order of district number.

HD23: Rep. Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson) out-raised former Rep. Lloyd Criss (D-La Marque), $112K to $15K, and has a $126K advantage in cash on hand. Faircloth outspent Criss, $51K to $8K. More than half of Criss’s contributions came from labor unions.

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