Phillip Huffines has raised twice as much as Angela Paxton in the Republican race to succeed Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano), but the candidates have been their own biggest sources. Huffines loaned his campaign $2M on June 30, paid $1M of it back and later loaned himself another $1M on December 15. The campaign of Paxton’s husband, Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton, guaranteed a $2M loan for her campaign on January 23.
Huffines’s earlier cash infusion allowed him to outspend Paxton by more than 6-to-1 to date. Taking out that loan repayment puts the practical spending advantage to more than 4-to-1.
Paxton’s later cash infusion gave Paxton a $733K advantage in cash on hand. Combined, the candidates have $3.4M to spend before receiving another contribution, earning this race the title of most expensive legislative primary in the state.
A pair of Democrats, Brian Chaput and Mark Phariss, have combined to raise $114K. Chaput has a $61K loan balance, while the Phariss campaign reported no debt. Like the Republicans, Chaput has provided the majority of his campaign’s resources. He has been out-raised by Phariss, $81K to $33K. This analysis focuses on the Republican primary.