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Candidates running to succeed former Rep. Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio) were required to file their 8-day-out campaign finance reports yesterday (Monday). Those reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between January 1, or the date that a campaign committee was authorized, through February 8.

Coda Rayo-Garza out-raised former Rep. Art Reyna (D-San Antonio), $19K to $15K, but Reyna outspent Rayo-Garza, $48K to $9K. Reyna has a $26K to $10K advantage in cash on hand, largely stemming from a $35K increase in his outstanding loan principal.

Rayo-Garza’s largest contributors were Annie’s List ($2.5K), Austin attorney Dennis Randolph ($1K) and San Antonio attorney Sonia Rodriguez ($1K). She received 55 individual contributions from San Antonio residents. Reyna’s largest contributors were Texas Assoc. of Realtors TREPAC ($2.5K), San Antonio retired educator Margaret Mireles ($1K), San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel PAC ($1K), Austin lobbyist Stan Schlueter ($1K), Rio Grande City beverage distributor S.F. Vale ($1K) and the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC ($1K).

Fred Rangel, the lone Republican in the race, raised $13K, spent $18K and has $4K on hand. He loaned his campaign $8K. His largest contributors were Texas Right to Life PAC ($3K), Republican Party of Texas ($1.5K), former Bexar Co. Republican Party chair Robert Stovall ($1.5K) and San Antonio retiree James Lunz ($1K).

Steve Huerta raised $5K, spent $9K and has less than $1K on hand. He loaned his campaign $4.5K. His largest contributor was Adriana Castro, who proved $1.5K in office space.

The report from former San Antonio council member Ray Lopez was not available online.

Early voting continues through Friday. A total of 2,100 people have voted early in person through today (Tuesday), the ninth day of the early voting period.

PRES: Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) told Oprah Winfrey that he would decide whether he would enter the Democratic presidential race by the end of the month. Winfrey interviewed O’Rourke and others in New York for a special airing on her OWN TV network later this month.

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