Saturday is runoff Election Day. Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muentser) faces Pilot Point salon owner Shelley Luther for the unexpired term of Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Prosper), who is resigning to serve in Congress. We will have live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. at txelects.com/live.
Through Wednesday, the end of the in-person early voting period, a total of 37K people voted in person or by mail, which represents a little over half the number who voted in the special election, including Election Day.
The race continues to draw late contributions. Springer reported an additional $185K in contributions, including $104K from Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) campaign and $40K from the Texas Assoc. of Realtors TREPAC, on a pair of daily reports filed Tuesday. These contributions bring his total raised after the runoff report filing period to $292K.
Luther reported an additional $200K contribution from Midland oil and gas executive Tim Dunn on a daily report filed Tuesday, her lone contribution reported after the runoff filing period. To date, Dunn has supplied Luther’s campaign $700K in direct contributions and $1M in loan proceeds.
For the election cycle, Springer has out-raised Luther, $1.95M to $901K, including contributions disclosed in their daily reports. The gap between them in spending in much smaller. As of their runoff reports, Springer had outspent Luther, $1.75M to $1.5M.
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