January semiannual reports were due for state officeholders and candidates on Tuesday. They cover contributions received and expenditures made during the second half of 2017. For most primary challengers and open-seat candidates, they are the first window into their potential competitiveness in March.
SD2: Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) out-raised Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale), his primary challenger, $414K to $322K, and he has a $198K to $43K advantage in cash on hand. Hall’s largest contributors include Empower Texans PAC ($100K), Cisco businessman Farris Wilks ($100K), Texas Right to Life PAC ($50K), Dallas businessman Darwin Deason ($25K), Flower Mound retiree Darlene Pendery ($17.5K), Midland businessman Tim Dunn ($15K), Odessa oil businessman Charles Saulsbury ($10K) and Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC ($10K). Empower Texans PAC ($50K), Wilks ($25K), Saulsbury ($10K), Texas Right to Life PAC ($5K), Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC ($5K) and Dunn ($5K) also contributed to Hall in June, which was covered by his July semiannual report. Together, these six donors have given Hall 65% of his total contributions received in 2017. Burkett’s detailed report is not yet available online.
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