Federal candidates and officeholders were required to file October quarterly campaign finance reports today (Monday). These reports include contributions received and expenditures made during the third quarter. As of 11 p.m., we have seen results from most of the candidates on the general election ballot and updated our federal Crib Sheet.
Eight Democratic challengers out-raised Republican incumbents, and four Democratic challengers have more cash on hand than the Republican incumbents they face. In two Republican-held open seats, the Democratic nominees out-raised the Republican nominees.
SEN: The challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), out-raised U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), $37.4M to $10.5M, and outspent Cruz, $27.7M to $9.6M for the quarter. O’Rourke has a 2-to-1 advantage in cash on hand, $22.9M to $11.3M. For the election cycle, O’Rourke has out-raised Cruz, $60.9M to $24.7M, and outspent him, $37.4M to $23.2M. We discussed O’Rourke’s record haul here.
CD2 open: Republican nominee Dan Crenshaw out-raised Democratic nominee Todd Litton, $519K to $463K, but Litton narrowly outspent Crenshaw, $347K to $310K. Litton holds the advantage in cash on hand, $524K to $313K.
CD6 open: Democratic nominee Jana Lynne Sanchez narrowly out-raised Republican nominee Ron Wright, $219K to $214K, and outspent him, $150K to $100K. Wright has a slight lead in cash on hand, $139K to $137K.
CD7: Democratic challenger Lizzie Pannill Fletcher out-raised U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) by better than a 3-to-1 margin, $1.9M to $0.6M, and she outspent him, $1.5M to $1.0M. Fletcher has the advantage in cash on hand, $1.6M to $1.1M. For the election cycle, Fletcher has out-raised the incumbent, $4.2M to $2.3M.
CD10: U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin) narrowly out-raised Democratic challenger Mike Siegel, $175K to $171K. McCaul outspent Siegel, $360K to $139K, and McCaul has the advantage in cash on hand, $279K to $82K.
CD21 open: Democratic nominee Joseph Kopser out-raised Republican nominee Chip Roy, $893K to $642K, and outspent him, $912K to $135K. Roy has the advantage in cash on hand, $697K to $365K. For the election cycle, Kosper has out-raised Roy, $2.3M to $1.6M.
CD22: Democratic challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni out-raised U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land), $569K to $319K, and the challenger holds the advantage in cash on hand, $452K to $313K. Olson outspent Kulkarni, $251K to $177K, and has out-raised Kulkarni, $1.4M to almost $1.0M, for the election cycle.
CD23: Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones out-raised U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio), $2.2M to $1.0M, and narrowly outspent him, $2.4M to $2.3M. Ortiz Jones has the advantage in cash on hand, $1.2M to $1.0M. For the election cycle, Ortiz Jones has out-raised Hurd, $4.0M to $3.1M.
CD25: Democratic challenger Julie Oliver out-raised U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Austin), $328K to $158K, and narrowly outspent him, $184K to $168K. Williams holds a nearly 7-to-1 advantage in cash on hand, $1.4M to $0.2M.
CD31: Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar out-raised U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock), $1.8M to $0.6M, and outspent him, $2.0M to $0.3M. Carter has the advantage in cash on hand, $851K to $738K. For the election cycle, Hegar has out-raised the incumbent, $3.4M to $1.6M, and outspent him, $2.8M to $1.2M.
CD32: Democratic challenger Colin Allred out-raised U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas), nearly $2.0M to $1.3M, and outspent the incumbent, $1.3M to $0.5M. Sessions has the advantage in cash on hand, $2.6M to $1.9M. For the election cycle, Sessions has narrowly out-raised Allred, $4.1M to $3.8M, and Allred has outspent Sessions, $2.3M to $2.0M.
CD36: Democratic challenger Dayna Steele out-raised U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Woodville), $279K to $176K, and outspent him, $279K to $96K. Babin holds a better than 5-to-1 advantage in cash on hand, $1.0M to $0.2M.
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