State and legislative candidates were required to file 8-day-out campaign finance reports yesterday. The full reports are not yet available online, but we’re able to report summary totals for most candidates this morning. In this post, we summarize some of the statewide primary races with one week to go to Election Day. Candidates are listed in decreasing order of contributions for the period (Jan. 22-Feb. 20) covered by the reports.
Gary Gates raised $0 but spent just over $1 million and has now spent more than $1.9 million for the 2015-16 cycle. All of his Republican rivals combined spent $164K for the period and $310K for the cycle. John Greytok led the field in contributions with $77K. He spent $110K. Former Rep. Wayne Christian raised $6K and spent $35K.
Former Rep. Lon Burnam led the Democratic candidates with $51K in contributions. He spent $34K and has $50K on hand. Grady Yarbough raised $0 and spent $10K. Cody Garrett’s report was not yet available.
Michael Massengale raised $156K, spent $495K and has $44K on hand.
Justice Debra Lehrmann raised $119K, spent $408K and has $40K on hand.
Combined, the candidates have raised a total of $1.2 million and spent $1.45 million for the cycle.
Justice Paul Green raised $253K, spent $464K and has $27K on hand.
Rick Green raised $42K, spent $68K and has $57K on hand.
Justice Eva Guzman raised $233K, spent $710K and has $56K on hand.
Joe Pool raised <$1K, spent $1K and has $10K on hand.
In CCA2, Ray Wheless raised $28K, $25K of which came from Empower Texans PAC. He spent $30K and had $33K on hand. Mary Lou Keel had $38K on hand but curiously spend just $3K. Chris Oldner raised $7K, spent $8K and had $7K on hand. The winner of the primary faces incumbent Judge Lawrence Meyers, the lone statewide Democrat, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
In CCA5, Brent Webster raised $20K, $10K of which came from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility PAC and the Texas Homeschool Coalition PAC. He spent $32K and has $3K on hand. Sid Harle raised $2K, spent $8K and had $15K on hand. The other two candidates’ reports are not yet available.
In CCA9, incumbent Judge Michael Keasler raised $4K, spent $1K and has $5K on hand. His opponent raised and spent less than $1K.
All Democratic candidates for statewide judicial positions are unopposed in the primary.