HD10 special: The candidates’ 8-day-out reports were due yesterday (Monday), and five reports were available online today. Our Crib Sheet has the latest numbers.
Kevin Griffin (R) led the field with $121K in contributions, 99% of which came from two donors: Dallas consultant Thomas Kelly ($100K) and Highland Lakes Midlothian ($20K). Griffin spent less than $4K and has $117K on hand.
Former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) raised $89K, spent $172K and has $62K on hand. Wray loaned his campaign $100K. His largest contributors were Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC ($10K), Ovilla energy executive Guhaina Almakdad ($5K), Houston retiree Jeannette Cloyd ($5K), Spicewood motor speedway owner Barry Johnson ($5K), Waxahachie banker Mark Singleton ($5K) and Texas Medical Assoc. TEXPAC ($5K).
Brian Harrison (R) raised $61K, spent $58K and has $47K on hand. Harrison’s largest contributors were Ovilla retiree Ed Harrison ($5K); Jackson, Wyo. Consultant Paul Mango ($5K); and Flower Mound retiree Darlene Pendery ($5K).
Pierina Otiniano (D) raised $16K, spent $10K and has $5K on hand. Matt Savino (L) reported no contributions. The reports from Susan Hayslip (R), Leland Wickliffe (R) and Scott Goodwin (I) were not available.
The Texas Assoc. of Realtors TREPAC endorsed Wray. Hayslip endorsed Harrison (R) despite still being a candidate in the race.
Early voting continues through Friday for the August 31 special election.
LTGOV: Wimberly political analyst Matthew Dowd, a former aide to the late Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock (D) and former President George W. Bush, is reportedly considering a challenge of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) as a Democrat.
AG: The Dallas Police Assoc. PAC endorsed Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) for re-election.
CD24: Carrollton accountant and two-time Democratic nominee Jan McDowell (D) established a new campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-Irving). McDowell lost the 2020 Democratic primary for CD24 (10%) following general election losses in 2018 (47%) and 2016 (39%).
Election Legislation: On a party-line vote, the House Select Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies approved a committee substitute to Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). The substitute is identical to House Bill 3 by Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction). Senate Bill 13 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), which would adjust the filing period and primary election dates based on when a redistricting plan becomes law, passed out of the committee unanimously.
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