State, legislative and local (where required) candidates facing general election opponents were required to file 30-day-out campaign finance reports yesterday. Most of those have become available online today. This report looks at key statewide and Senate races. A later report will look at key House races.
Our Crib Sheets have been fully updated for statewide and Senate races.
GOV: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) out-raised former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D), $5.7M to $0.7M, and outspent her $7.3M to $0.6M, for the period. He has a $26.5M advantage in cash on hand. It is almost identical to the cash-on-hand advantage Abbott held over then-Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) at this point in their 2014 campaigns. The difference is that Davis, by this point, had raised $30.7M for her campaign while Valdez has raised less than $1.5M.
LTGOV: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) out-raised Democratic challenger Mike Collier, $1.6M to $0.4M, and the incumbent holds a $7.9M advantage in cash on hand. Patrick has nearly $4M on hand more than at this point in his 2014 campaign. Patrick spent nearly $7.5M for the period, which is slightly more than Abbott’s $7.3M, and far above Collier’s $0.3M.
AG: Challenger Justin Nelson (D) out-raised Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R), $1.1M to $0.5M, for the period, but Paxton outspent Nelson, $3.2M to $0.5M. Paxton has the advantage in cash on hand, $4.3M to $1.7M.
Others: We noted yesterday that Kim Olson (D) out-raised Comm. Sid Miller (R), $131K to $25K, and she has an advantage in cash on hand, $162K to $53K. Two other challengers out-raised incumbents. Judge R.K. Sandill (D) out-raised Justice John Devine, $71K to $61K, and Sandill has the advantage in cash on hand, $378K to $240K. Terri Jackson out-raised Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, $16K to $2K. Also worth noting, LAND challenger Miguel Suazo repaid $116K in loans, accounting for 91% of his expenditures for the period.
SD10: Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) out-raised challenger Beverly Powell (D), $1.1M to $0.4M, and outspent her, $573K to $95K. Burton has the advantage in cash on hand, $489K to $447K. Burton’s largest contributors for the period were Texans for Lawsuit Reform ($333K), Texans for Fiscal Responsibility PAC ($250K), Empower Texans PAC ($250K), the campaign of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick ($40K), Texas Assoc. of Realtors TREPAC ($40K) and Flower Mound retiree Darlene Pendery ($25K). Collectively, they represented 89% of her contributions for the period. Powell’s top contributors include Annie’s List ($60K), Lone Star Project ($37K), AFSCME ($25K), Rep. Chris Turner’s campaign ($15K) and Dallas musician Don Henley ($10K).
SD16: Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) out-raised challenger Nathan Johnson (D), $412K to $248K, and outspent him, $871K to $175K. Huffines has the advantage in cash on hand, $491K to $317K. Huffines’s largest contributors for the period were Texans for Fiscal Responsibility PAC ($100K), Highland Park homebuilder Randall Van Wolfswinkel ($40K), Addison homebuilder Stephen Brooks ($25K), Texas Assoc. of Realtors TREPAC ($25K) and Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC ($25K). Johnson’s largest contributors included Texans for an Educated Workforce PAC ($15K), Dallas realty executive Ruel Hamilton ($10K), Dallas musician Don Henley ($10K), Dallas retiree Howard Rachofsky ($10K) and Dallas retiree Vaughn Vennerberg ($10K).
SD17: Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) out-raised challenger Rita Lucido (D), $248K to $185K, but was outspent by Lucido, $189K to $59K. Huffman holds an advantage in cash on hand, $250K to $93K.
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