We previously covered the 30-day-out reports for most competitive and potentially competitive House races. Since we published it, we became aware of a mistake with HD144. We erroneously used Rep. Gilbert Peña’s (R-Pasadena) July semiannual report in our analysis. We have corrected it. Rep. Peña’s 30-day-out report is not yet available on the Texas Ethics Commission’s website. We are also waiting for the 30-day-out report of Marisa Yvette Garcia-Utley, who is challenging Rep. J.M. Lozano (R-Kingsville) in HD43.
In this post, we look at some of the other reports that attracted our interest.
RRC: Former Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Center) raised just under $200K between July 1 and September 29, most of any statewide candidate and more than any other two statewide candidates combined. Christian has $130K on hand. What is particularly interesting about the race is the report of Libertarian candidate Mark Miller, who raised over $71K. Rarely do minor party candidates raise significant amounts of campaign cash. Miller’s largest contributors were Austin software engineer Michael Chastain ($30K) and Woodland, Calif.-based agribusinessman Chris Rufer ($20K). Green candidate Martina Salinas reported less than $1K in contributions, Democrat Grady Yarbrough reported no contributions, no expenditures and no cash on hand.
SC5: Democratic challenger Dori Contreras Garza has nearly as much cash on hand ($81K) and incumbent Justice Paul Green ($83K). Green out-raised Garza, $82K to $52K, for the period and outspent Garza, $62K to $12K. Green has outraged Garza, $897K to $87K, for the 2015-16 election cycle. He faced a spirited challenge from former Rep. Rick Green (R-Dripping Springs) in the Republican primary.
SC9: Incumbent Justice Eva Guzman became the first statewide candidate to surpass $1M in contributions this election cycle (Five statewide elected officials not on the ballot this year have reported at least $1M in contributions as of June 30.). Guzman’s opponents all reported no contributions and have no cash on hand.
Senate: The opponents of Sens. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), Chuy Hinojosa (D-McAllen) and Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) combined to raise $16K and have a combined $9K on hand. The senators combined raised $333K and have $1.1M on hand. SD24 candidate Dawn Buckingham out-raised her opponent 17-to-1 and has a $145K advantage in cash on hand.
House: A surprising number of challengers out-raised the incumbents, albeit mostly in uncompetitive districts and by small amounts:
- HD89: Denise Hamilton raised $9K more than Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Wylie), who raised $1K.
- HD53: Stephanie Lochte Erteil raised $5K more than Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction), who raised less than $7K.
- HD46: Gabriel Nila raised $5K more than Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin), who reported no contributions.
- HD93: Nancy Bean raised $1.5K more than Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth), who raised $3.5K.
- HD67: Scott Coleman raised $1K more than Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano), who raised less than $2.5K.
- HD13: Cecil Webster raised $168 more than Rep. Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell), who raised $8K.
- HD70: John Bryant Jr. raised $58 more than Rep. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney), who raised less than $1K.
In all cases, the incumbent has an advantage in cash on hand. The races listed here are in addition to former Rep. Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio) and Tomas Uresti, who we covered in our previous analysis of House races. Seven other challengers were out-raised by their incumbents by less than $10K, but these were also in largely uncompetitive races where incumbents reported less than $20K in contributions.
SBOE: A pair of Democratic challengers out-raised the Republican incumbents. Rebecca Bell-Metereau raised $33K more than board member Ken Mercer (R-San Antonio), and Dakota Carter raised $8K more than board member Donna Bahorich. Mercer’s race is potentially competitive, but he has defeated Bell-Metereau twice before. Two other Democrats out-raised the Republicans in the race, but none of those candidates exceeded $1K in contributions.
Congress: Federal candidates’ reports are not due until Saturday.