SD30 special (Safe Republican): The six candidates running to fill Sen. Pat Fallon’s (R-Prosper) unexpired term collectively raised $770K and spent $1.4M since July 1. Candidates’ 8-day-out reports were due yesterday (Monday) and became available online today.

Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) led the field with $560K in contributions, followed by Pilot Point salon owner Shelley Luther’s $136K in contributions and Denton Mayor Chris Watts’s $60K. Luther narrowly outspent Springer, $646K to $605K, fueled by a previously acknowledged $1M loan from Midland oil and gas executive Tim Dunn. Luther has a $551K to $192K advantage in cash on hand with a week to go, putting her into a fairly strong starting position for a potential runoff. Watts reported having $40K on hand. The other three candidates collectively reported having $13K on hand.

Springer’s top contributors included energy executive Javaid Anwar ($100K), Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC ($30K), Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND ($30K), distributor John Nau ($25K) and energy executive Ray Hunt ($15K).

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