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. This report covers House races where no incumbent is running.

HD4 open: Former Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman) raised $115K, more than quadruple his closest rival, but Keith Bell has a nearly $50K advantage in cash on hand, thanks to a $160K loan balance. Spitzer’s largest contributors for the period are Texas Right to Life PAC ($37K), Empower Texans PAC ($15K), Flower Mound retiree Darlene Pendery ($15K), Austin conservative activist Stacy Hock ($10K), Rep. Jonathan Stickland ($10K), Fort Worth retiree Mike Olcott ($5K) and Midland oil and gas businessman Kyle Stallings ($5K). Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) is running for CD5.

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HD8 open: Thomas McNutt reported having $301K on hand, nearly triple his two primary opponents combined. He raised $141K for the period, bringing his total contributions received to $462K during 2017. Cody Harris raised $91K and has $59K on hand, and Linda Timmerman raised $17K and has $42K on hand. Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) is retiring.

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