State and legislative candidates were required to file 8-day-out campaign finance reports yesterday. The full reports are not yet available online, but we’re able to report summary totals for most candidates this morning. In this post, we summarize the hottest primary races with one week to go to Election Day. Candidates are listed in decreasing order of contributions for the period (Jan. 22-Feb. 20) covered by the reports.
Sen. Jose Menendez raised $251K, spent $293K and has $267K on hand.
Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer raised $188K, spent $576K and has $73K on hand.
For the 2015-16 cycle, the two have raised nearly identical amounts. Menendez has raised $1.296 million, and Martinez Fischer has raised $1.286 million. Martinez Fischer has spent nearly a half million more, $1.65 million to $1.1 million.
Sen. Carlos Uresti’s totals are not yet available.
Helen Madla raised $4K, spent $6K and has $4K on hand.
Madla has raised less than $15K for the 2015-16 cycle. Uresti entered the period with $67K on hand and had out-raised Madla, $193K to $11K, for the cycle.
Rep. Bryan Hughes raised $251K, spent $436K and has $153K on hand.
Rep. David Simpson raised $65K, spent $64K and has $16K on hand.
Red Brown raised $30K, spent $122K and has $42K on hand.
Mike Lee raised $0, spent $700 and has $0 on hand.
At least based on finances, the battle for a potential second spot in a runoff is between Brown and Simpson. Since January 1, Brown has out-raised Simpson, $102K to $77K, and out-spent Simpson, $171K to $124K. Brown is the only candidate from Tyler, the district’s largest city.
Dawn Buckingham raised $78K, spent $626K and has $15K on hand.
Jon Cobb raised $46K, spent $336K and has $151K on hand.
Rep. Susan King raised $23K, spent $729K and has $224K on hand.
Brent Mayes raised $5K, spent $285K and has $42K on hand.
Reed Williams raised $0, spent $16K and has $409K on hand.
Ryan Downton’s totals are not yet available.
Buckingham added $75K in new loan principal. King added $100K in new loan principal. Mayes added $175K in new loan principal. King entered the period with $831K on hand, which enabled her to lead the field in spending for the period. Williams appears to have effectively withdrawn. Despite having more than $400K on hand, he spent less than $16K and raised $0.