February 4, 2020

Davis Bounces Back with Donor Dollar Lead on Rookie
Amid Unprecedented Cash Flow in Texas Congress Tilts

Texas House Target Races Texas House Open Races Texas Senate Fundraising

By Mike Hailey
Capitol Inside Editor

Congress Races to Watch
Incumbent Fundraising

January-December 2019
Campaign Loans
Cash December 31
 
Dan Crenshaw (R-Inc)
Congressional District 2
Total Donations: $4,068,902
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $2,161,434
Colin Allred (D-Inc)
Congressional District 32
Total Donations: $2,405,324
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $1,917,783
Lizzie Fletcher (D-Inc)
Congressional District 7
Total Donations: $2,256,459
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $1,836,992
Wendy Davis (D)
Congressional District 21
Total Donations: $1,846,371
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $1,214,794
Chip Roy (R-Inc)
Congressional District 21
Total Donations: $1,498,399
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $1,200,800
Wesley Hunt (R)
Congressional District 7
Total Donations: $1,327,789
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $808,341
John Carter (R-Inc)
Congressional District 31
Total Donations: $938,565
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $773,979
Genevieve Collins (R)
Congressional District 32
Total Donations: $791,838
Campaign Loans: $124,400
Cash on Hand: $787,049
Michael McCaul (R-Inc)
Congressional District 10
Total Donations: $851,096
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $984,383
Pritesh Gandhi (D)
Congressional District 10
Total Donations: $757,297
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $450,752
Shannon Hutcheson (D)
Congressional District 10
Total Donations: $750,978
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $455,577
Mike Siegel (D)
Congressional District 10
Total Donations: $438,900
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $151,560
Cindy Siegel (R)
Congressional District 7
Total Donations: $218,607
Campaign Loans: $206,954
Cash on Hand: $79,797
Sima Ladjevardian (D)
Congressional District 2
Total Donations: $407,781
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $377,746
Floyd McLendon (R)
Congressional District 32
Total Donations: $333,355
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $158,252
Elisa Cardnell (D)
Congressional District 2
Total Donations: $284,374
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $90,603
Donna Imam (D)
Congressional District 31
Total Donations: $107,531
Campaign Loans: $100,000
Cash on Hand: $187,070
Christine Mann (D)
Congressional District 31
Total Donations: $170,759
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $45,580

Source: Federal
Election Commission

Wendy Davis - a former state senator who'd been the darling of Democrats from coast to coast in the governor's race six years ago - seized the early fundraising lead over an incumbent Republican with tea party ties for a November showdown on a Texas congressional battlefield that's being flooded with record-crushing sums of cash.

Davis reaped more than $1.8 million from contributors last year while freshman U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Austin raised less than $1.5 million for his first re-election race in a state where at least nine congressional contenders cracked the seven-digit mark in dollars from donors in 2019.

Davis is hoping to get more bang for her bucks in the congressional quest after a crushing defeat as the Democratic nominee in 2014 in the marquee statewide race in Texas that Republican Governor Greg Abbott won in a blowout.

Rookie Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Houston left the rest of the pack far behind in his wake in the Texas congressional campaign cash chase when he rounded up almost $4.1 million last year - more than double the amount that he'd raised in the entire 2018 election cycle.

Two first-term colleagues across the aisle - Democratic U.S. Rep. Colin Allred of Dallas and Lizzie Fletcher of Houston - generated $2.4 million and $2.3 million from supporters respectively in 2019 in bids for second terms in Congress in districts that they flipped from red to blue 15 months ago.

Houston Republican Wesley Hunt got his fundraising machinery off to a whirlwind start with donations of more than $1.3 million last year as one of four candidates competing in the GOP primary election on March 3 for a shot at Fletcher this fall in Congressional District 7. Cindy Siegel amassed the second largest war chest last year for a race as a Republican in the district where Fletcher ousted a longtime incumbent in 2018.

San Antonio Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones had the largest campaign cash haul in 2019 for a candidate in an open U.S House contest in Texas with contributions of nearly $2.5 million in her second consecutive bid for the Congressional District 23 seat that GOP U.S. Rep. Will Hurd is giving up without a re-election race this year.

But Republican Kathaleen Wall of Houston and Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni of Sugar Land joined the seven-figure club as well in comeback bids in a fight for the Congressional District 22 seat that GOP U.S. Rep. Pete Olson isn't seeking again in 2020.

Kulkarni - the Democratic nominee in CD 22 in the last cycle - reported contributions of $1.1 million to the Federal Election Commission for 2019. Kulkarni had raised less than $1.6 million during a two-year span before losing to Olson by fewer than 5 percentage points in 2018 in a district that Democrats are confident about flipping this time around.

Kulkarni appears to be a significant betting favorite in a primary field with four Democratic rivals while Jones appears to have the Democratic nomination all but locked down after falling shot by less than one half of one percentage point in the battle with Hurd in 2018.

But Wall faces an imposing obstacle with Pierce Bush as one of 16 Republicans who are competing in the primary election less than a month from now in a district where a runoff is all but guaranteed. Bush - whose grandfather and uncle both served as president - will be heavily armed after raising $663,000 last year with a late start in the CD 22 competition.

Dallas Republican Genevieve Collins established herself as the favorite in a primary field with a handful of candidates in a bid for a shot this fall at Allred in Congressional District 32 where he unseated a veteran incumbent who's running for the U.S. House in a separate district in 2020.

A pair of Republicans who the Democrats are targeting - U.S. Reps. John Carter of Georgetown and Michael McCaul of Austin - raised $939,000 and $851,000 respectively last year for re-election races in 2020. Democrats Pritesh Gandhi of Austin and Shannon Hutcheson of Bastrop scored $757,000 and $751,000 from donors respectively last year for campaigns in Congressional District 10 that McCaul has represented since 2005.

more to come ...

Congress Fundraising
Open Races to Watch

January-December 2019
Campaign Loans
Cash December 31
 
Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
Congressional District 23
Total Donations: $2,454,733
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $2,028,187
August Pfluger (R)
Congressional District 11
Total Donations: $1,227,187
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $1,011,312
Kathaleen Wall (R)
Congressional District 22
Total Donations: $1,604,971
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $583
Sri Kulkarni (D)
Congressional District 22
Total Donations: $1,111,461
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $661,592
Kim Olson (D)
Congressional District 24
Total Donations: $837,148
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $504,667
Pierce Bush (R)
Congressional District 22
Total Donations: $663,097
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $640,850
Beth Van Duyne (R)
Congressional District 24
Total Donations: $586,105
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $435,382
Chris Ekstrom (R)
Congressional District 13
Total Donations: $30,816
Campaign Loans: $500,000
Cash on Hand: $175,765
 
 
 
 
Josh Winegarner (R)
Congressional District 13
Total Donations: $344,565
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $281,653
Candace Valenzuela (D)
Congressional District 24
Total Donations: $330,773
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $141,776
Sunny Chaparala (R)
Congressional District 24
Total Donations: $3,916
Campaign Loans: $321,760
Cash on Hand: $300,826
Julie Oliver (D)
Congressional District 25
Total Donations: $323,944
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $129,826
Greg Hill (R)
Congressional District 22
Total Donations: $305,306
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $178,430
Brandon Batch (R)
Congressional District 11
Total Donations: $175,422
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $106,346
J. Ross Lacy (R)
Congressional District 11
Total Donations: $173,929
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $53,390
Raul Reyes Jr. (R)
Congressional District 23
Total Donations: $106,121
Campaign Loans: $0
Cash on Hand: $36,326

 

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