Battleground 2020Elections 2020FederalBattleground 2020: A Breakdown of Runoff Fundraising Numbers for Key Texas Congressional Races

Here's a look at how some of the key runoff races for congressional seats in Texas are shaping up based on the most recent campaign finance reports.
April 17, 2020
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Runoff elections for primary races, triggered when no candidate received over 50 percent of the vote in the March primary elections, have been postponed from May 26 to July 14.

Below are updates on some of the key runoff races to be watching that could greatly affect the general elections in November.

  • 10th Congressional District — Democratic Runoff
    • Aiming to unseat Rep. Michael McCaul (R), Pritesh Gandhi and Mike Siegel will vie for the Democratic nomination in July.
    • Siegel received 44 percent of the vote on March 3 and Gandhi trailed in second place with 33 percent.
    • Gandhi has raised more ($1 million compared to Siegel’s $676,000) but Siegel has more cash on hand as of March 31, 2020 ($125,000 compared to Gandhi’s $63,000).
  • 13th Congressional District — Republican Runoff
    • In the most Republican district in the country based on its Cooks Partisan Voting Index (PVI), the winner of the GOP primary is expected to easily win the general election.
    • Josh Winegarner, the industry affairs director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, led the March primary with 39 percent of the vote, while Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician, finished in second with 20 percent.
    • As of March 31, Winegarner had more cash on hand — $160,000 compared to Jackson’s $130,000.
    • Winegarner has also raised more in total than Jackson by approximately $370,000.
  • 17th Congressional District — Republican Runoff
    • Though not quite as deep-red as TX13, the GOP still has a strong advantage in the Waco-College Station district and the winner of the Republican primary is expected to win in November.
    • On Super Tuesday, Pete Sessions, the former congressman for TX32, finished in first place with 32 percent of the vote.
    • Renee Swann, who was endorsed by retiring Rep. Bill Flores, finished in second place with 19 percent of the vote — just 667 votes ahead of the third place candidate, George Hindman.
    • Swann leads in current campaign funds with about $130,000 cash on hand compared to Session’s $90,000.
  • 22nd Congressional District — Republican Runoff
    • With Rep. Pete Olson retiring, Democrats are aiming to flip this seat with their nomination of Sri Preston Kulkarni, who previously ran against Olson and lost by a margin of 5 points. Kulkarni currently has almost $370,000 cash on hand and has raised nearly $1.6 million total.
    • On the Republican side, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls received 41 percent of the primary vote while Kathaleen Wall received 19 percent.
    • An internal poll showed Nehls ahead of Wall with 61 percent support versus her 28 percent.
    • Wall, who is self-funded, has $65,000 cash on hand, but she has already poured $4.5 million into the race and is anticipated to spend more.
    • Nehls, who has raised $380,000 total, brought in almost $80,000 in the period between Feb. 12 and March 31, and had $24,000 cash on hand at the end of that period.
  • 23rd Congressional District — Republican Runoff
    • Gina Ortiz Jones, who lost to Rep. Will Hurd (R) by less than 1,000 votes in the 2018 general election, is once again the Democratic nominee and has $2.4 million cash on hand.
    • With Hurd retiring at the end of his term, the Republican primary is now split in a runoff between Tony Gonzales — who was endorsed by Hurd — and Raul Reyes.
    • Gonzales received 28 percent of the primary vote while Reyes trailed with 23 percent.
    • Gonzales also leads in current funding, with $272,000 cash on hand compared to Reyes’ $45,000. In total, Gonzales has raised $804,000 while Reyes raised $222,000.
  • 24th Congressional District — Democratic Primary
    • With Rep. Kenny Marchant (R) retiring, former Irving mayor Beth Van Duyne emerged as the Republican nominee to replace him.
    • Van Duyne raised $1 million and has about $242,000 cash on hand.
    • On the Democratic side, Kim Olson, who received 41 percent of the primary vote, will face off against Candace Valenzuela, who received 30 percent.
    • Olson has raised $1.2 million total with $202,000 on hand at the end of March, while Valenzuela trails with $647,000 total raised and $140,000 on hand.

For more details on fundraising numbers, please visit The Texan’s War Room.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the election results for TX17. Pete Sessions finished in first place with 32 percent of the vote, 13 percent ahead of Renee Swann. We regret this error.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.