On the day he was inaugurated to a second term, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) set new campaign finance records:
- Abbott reported having $18.3M cash on hand, which is not only the highest post-election figure ever for a Texas state official or candidate, but also more than the combined totals of the gubernatorial election winners in 2006, 2010 and 2014 combined.
- Abbott raised $77.4M since January 2015, the highest four-year election cycle figure in state history, eclipsing the $62.4M “raised” by 2002 Democratic nominee Tony Sanchez, who was almost entirely self-funded. Abbott’s four-year total is $19M more than his 2011-14 total.
- During the 2017-18 election cycle, Abbott out-raised Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez, $44.3M to $1.9M, the largest gap between major party candidates in state history. Abbott’s $42.4M fundraising advantage eclipsed Sanchez’s $41.6M advantage over Rick Perry in 2002.
Abbott reported raising nearly $2.4M between October 28 and December 31. Since January 1995, Abbott has raised $166.5M, extending his own record as the most prolific fundraiser in state history. Since January 2013, Abbott has raised $125M, the highest six-year figure in state history, breaking his own record of $107M set between January 2012 and December 2017. Perry’s best six-year total was $70.6M, set between January 2005 and December 2010.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) also set fundraising records.
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