Federal candidates’ pre-primary reports were due today (Thursday). These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between January 1 and February 12. Most candidates have filed as of our press time, and our Crib Sheets have been updated with the latest numbers from those reports.
In general, these reports show candidates clearly separating themselves from rivals, even among the large fields for some seats.
Republican CD22 candidate Kathlaleen Wall technically raised the most money during the period out of all the candidates, but she personally contributed all but $8K of the $1.65M she reported raising. If we exclude self-funding, then U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) led all candidates with $1.2M in contributions, edging out U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R), who raised just under $1.2M. Eight others raised at least $250K for the period:
- U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) raised $728K
- Democratic SEN candidate M.J. Hegar raised $624K
- Republican CD7 candidate Wesley Hunt raised $568K
- Republican CD22 candidate Pierce Bush raised $425K
- Democratic CD28 primary challenger Jessica Cisneros raised $343K
- Democratic CD21 candidate Wendy Davis raised $330K
- Republican CD32 candidate Floyd McLendon Jr. raised $285K; and
- Democratic CD2 candidate Sima Ladjevardian raised $252K.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) was next with $245K in contributions, nearly $100K less than his primary challenger, followed by Democratic CD23 candidate Gina Ortiz Jones with $201K and U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Austin) with $200K.
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