Battleground 2020Elections 2020Dan Crenshaw, Wendy Davis Top House Fundraising in July Quarterly Filing

In their July quarterly financial filings, Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Wendy Davis reported raising the most money out of all U.S. House candidates in Texas.
July 16, 2020
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Out of the U.S. House candidates in Texas who filed for the regular quarterly report, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-02) was the highest raising Republican with $2.7 million and Wendy Davis, who is running in TX-21, raised the most out of Democrats with $1.4 million.

Only the race for the U.S. Senate drew more than those two, with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) outraising M.J. Hegar with $3.5 million compared to her $1.8 million.

Since his election to Congress in 2018, Crenshaw has risen to popularity within the Republican Party and has raised $9.3 million since January of last year, the most out of any federal Texas candidate besides Cornyn.

With $4 million cash on hand, Crenshaw is vastly ahead of his opponent, Sima Ladjevardian, who has $545,000 on hand.

Ladjevardian, a former Beto O’Rourke advisor, has raised $1.7 million since she entered the race late in December.

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On Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) added Ladjevardian to the list of their “Red to Blue” program, which aims to help Democrats across the country win Republican-held seats in November.

In 2018, Crenshaw won the general election with 53 percent of the vote compared to his Democratic opponent’s 46 percent.

Ted Poe, the Republican incumbent in the district in 2016, won reelection with 61 percent of the vote.

Davis is another candidate in the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program.

Her $1.4 million haul was notably higher than that of her incumbent opponent, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX-21), who raised $545,000.

Likewise, Davis reported $2.9 million cash-on-hand compared to Roy’s $1.7 million.

The political makeup of the 21st district is fairly similar to the 2nd, though slightly more moderate.

TX-02 has a Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) of R+11, and TX-21 has a PVI of R+10.

Like Crenshaw, Roy is a first-term congressman and won 50 percent of the 2018 vote compared to his Democrat opponent’s 48 percent.

In 2016, Republican incumbent Lamar Smith won reelection with 57 percent of the vote.

But Crenshaw and Roy are not the only incumbents facing well-funded opponents.

The two Democrats who won Republican-held seats during the last election, Reps. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07) and Colin Allred (D-TX-32), have opponents who each raised a notable amount.

In TX-07, Republican Wesley Hunt raised $900,000 in the last quarter bringing his total cash on hand to about $1 million.

Fletcher raised $100,000 more in the second quarter, but has $3.5 million cash on hand.

The district is rated with an R+7 PVI, and Fletcher won the 2018 general election against the Republican incumbent with 52.5 percent of the vote.

In the 2016 presidential election, Clinton carried the district with a one-point lead ahead of Trump.

Similarly, TX-32 has a PVI of R+5, and Allred won the race against the Republican incumbent with 52.3 percent of the vote.

Clinton carried TX-32 with a two-point lead ahead of Trump.

Allred’s Republican challenger this year, Genevieve Collins, reported more receipts for her campaign this past quarter — $988,000 compared to Allred’s $786,000.

However, Collins’ total receipts include a $235,000 loan, and she trails Allred with cash-on-hand by about $1.9 million.

Other notable fundraisers are Sri Preston Kulkarni and Gina Ortiz Jones, two more Democrats in the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program who secured the primary nomination without a runoff and are running for open seats.

Kulkarni raised nearly $1 million, and Jones raised $800,000.

Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls won the Republican runoff election for TX-22 this week and will face Kulkarni on the ballot.

Jones’ Republican opponent in TX-23 has yet to be decided, as the vote count for the recent runoff election currently has Tony Gonzales leading Raul Reyes by only seven votes.

For more details on the recent fundraising reports, please visit The Texan’s War Room.

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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.