EducationElections 2022HealthcareIssuesState SenateCollier Backs Abortion Rights in Rematch for Lt. Gov. As ‘Trigger Ban’ Takes Effect

Patrick’s team had tens of millions of dollars more in cash on hand in the most recent campaign finance report.
August 26, 2022
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In the rematch for lieutenant governor, Democrat Mike Collier is trailing Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick by eight percentage points, according to a recent poll by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.

Among the registered voters questioned in the survey, Patrick received the support of 36 percent of respondents while Collier received 28 percent.

In a campaign video posted yesterday, Collier and Democratic nominee for attorney general Rochelle Garza criticized Republicans who enacted the Human Life Protection Act of 2021. The law, known as the “trigger ban” on abortion, took effect today.

“I’ll repeal the abortion laws that criminalize women, doctors, and the Texans who love them,” Collier promised.

The candidate also promised to “restore funding to Planned Parenthood” and enshrine the right to abortion in state law.

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Patrick is staunchly against abortion and backed the Human Life Protection Act of 2021.

Collier is focusing much of his campaign on the Texas electrical grid. His campaign produced an advertisement last month blaming Patrick for high energy bills and fears about the grid failing like it did during the February 2021 winter storm.

Lawmakers enacted reforms in the months following the power grid failure during Winter Storm Uri, which included widespread, days-long outages in many parts of the Lone Star State.

Among those reforms were weatherization requirements to protect sources of energy during all types of severe weather.

At the Texas Democratic Party’s convention in July, Collier lambasted Patrick’s support for school choice legislation.

“He wants to privatize and profitize our public schools. As Lieutenant Governor, I will lead the legislature to amend our constitution to ban forever private school vouchers. You know why? Because vouchers are for vultures,” Collier told delegates

According to campaign finance records, Collier reported about $694,000 in contributions in the semiannual filing on July 15. He had approximately $534,000 in cash on hand and $451,000 in campaign debt.

Per a statement by his team in July, Collier had raised about $3 million for his bid to unseat Patrick throughout the campaign.

However, Patrick’s campaign has $27 million in cash on hand and reported $2.3 million in fundraising in the first six months of the year, according to campaign finance records.

In addition to being a heartbeat away from the governor’s mansion, Patrick presides over the Texas Senate, appoints senators to committees, and shepherds legislation through the upper chamber.

A close ally of former President Trump, Patrick chaired his 2020 reelection effort in Texas. He recently stood behind Trump after the FBI raided the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida in connection to an investigation into the alleged improper possession of classified documents.

A copy of the survey of registered voters in Texas can be found below.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."