Opposed state and legislative candidates were required to file 8-day-out campaign finance reports yesterday (Monday). These reports include contributions received and expenditures made between September 28 and October 27. We are in the process of updating our Crib Sheets. Here we focus on key statewide and Senate races. Our analysis of key House race results can be found here.
GOV: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) out-raised former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) nearly 10-to-1, $3.6M to $361K, and outspent her nearly 20-to-1, $10.9M to $580K. He has a $19.7M advantage in cash on hand.
LTGOV: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) out-raised Democratic challenger Mike Collier, $1.6M to $170K, and outspent him, $1.1M to $180K. Patrick has an $8.6M COH advantage.
AG: Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) out-raised Democratic challenger Justin Nelson, $2.3M to $1.1M, but was outspent by Nelson, $3.4M to $2.9M. Paxton has a $2.5M COH advantage. Paxton’s largest contributors for the period were Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC ($714K), the Republican Attorneys General Assoc. ($514K), Midland oil and gas executive Tim Dunn ($250K), Temple executive Drayton McLane Jr. ($100K), Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) campaign ($70K), Frisco executive Tony Ewing ($50K), Plano executive Tim Homer ($50K) and Doss rancher Michael Porter ($50K). Nelson’s largest contributors included Austin-based Archer Systems ($100K), the campaign of the late El Franco Lee ($100K), Marshall attorney Jack Baldwin ($50K) and Dallas realtor Claire Dewar ($50K).
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