Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) out-raised his nearest primary rival nearly 5-to-1 during the last six months of 2017, and he has a nearly $1.6M advantage in cash on hand. Former Midland Mayor Mike Canon, who unsuccessfully challenged Seliger in 2014, was second in contributions for the period but third in expenditures behind Amarillo restaurateur and former Muleshoe Mayor Victor Leal.
No Democrat filed for the seat. Libertarian Jack Westbrook reported just $25 in contributions. Canon has a $170K loan balance. Leal has a $25K loan balance. Seliger has no loan balance.
Seliger defeated Canon, 53%-47%, in the 2014 primary. Seliger raised nearly twice as much during the last six months of 2017 as he did during the last six months of 2013. Canon is slightly ahead of his 2014 fundraising pace.
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