HD79 special: Michiel Noe narrowly out-raised Art Fierro, $49K to $48K, and outspent him, $40K to $32K, during the first 19 days of the year. Noe has a negligible $11K to $10.5K advantage in cash on hand. Hans Sassenfeld, the lone Republican in the race, reported less than $3K in contributions and less than $1K in expenditures. He has less than $2K on hand.

Noe’s largest contributors were the Texas Medical Assoc. TEXPAC ($15K) and Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC ($10K). He also received $1K from El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. Fierro’s largest contributor was the Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc. PAC ($13K). Fierro received $1K contributions from Reps. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso) and Joe Moody (D-El Paso). Both candidates received $1K each from Hillco PAC and El Paso developer Woody Hunt.

Our Crib Sheets have been updated with these results.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,509 people have voted through yesterday (Tuesday), the last day for which numbers are available. Turnout with three days left, including today (Wednesday), is 1.7%.

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