Statewide and legislative candidates on the ballot this year raised more than $75M during the last half of 2021 and ended the year with more than $200M on hand.

Nearly $3 out of every $7 raised by those candidates went to Gov. Greg Abbott (R), two of his primary rivals and Beto O’Rourke (D), the frontrunner to face him in the general election. Abbott raised $18.9M, almost $10M more than O’Rourke ($8.95M), and more than 9 times the amount raised by either former Sen. Don Huffines ($2.01M) or former Republican Party of Texas chair Allen West ($1.98M).

More than $4 out of every $9 the candidates have on hand sits in the war chests of Abbott ($65.4M) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick ($25.1M). Abbott’s cash on hand figure is the largest ever reported by a Texas candidate or officeholder, and Patrick’s is the largest ever reported by a Texan not named Abbott.

Semiannual campaign finance reports were due yesterday (Tuesday) for all state officeholders and candidates, regardless of their primary election status. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between the earlier of July 1 or the date the campaign committee was formed and December 31. Our Crib Sheets have been fully updated to reflect reports that were available online as of today (Wednesday), which covered nearly all candidates on the ballot.

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