Elections 2020Runoff 2020: Breakdown of Financial Filings in Texas State Races

Runoff candidates for the state legislature were required to disclose their latest financial reports on Monday. Here's a breakdown of the races and a look at some of the largest donors.
July 8, 2020
Texas candidates on the ballot for next week’s runoff election were required to disclose their latest finance reports on Monday, which covers between February 23 and July 4 of this year.

Below is an overview of all the filings in runoff races for state legislative seats, including the special election for Senate District 14, followed by a table listing all of the finance reports.

House District 2 — Republican Runoff

For the third election cycle in a row, Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) is facing a challenge from businessman Bryan Slaton.

Flynn received twice as much in contributions — about $340,000 compared to Slaton’s $170,000 — and the incumbent spent a significant amount more as well — $260,000 compared to $140,000.

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Notable contributors to Flynn’s campaign include the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee (TREPAC) that contributed $52,000, the Associated Republicans of Texas (ART) that contributed $35,000, and the Greg Abbott Campaign that contributed $31,000.

Slaton’s campaign contributions were driven by conservative businessman Tim Dunn, who gave $150,000.

House District 25 — Republican Runoff

Ro’vin Garrett, a Brazoria County Tax-Assessor Collector, and Cody Vasut, an Angleton City Council member, are in a runoff to fill the seat of retiring House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton).

Garrett, who received 29 percent of the vote in the primary, raised $22,000 in contributions and expended $38,000.

Vasut, who received 22 percent in the primary, raised $48,000, including $10,000 from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and $15,000 from state Rep. Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville).

Vasut also spent more than Garrett — about $69,000 compared to $38,000.

House District 26 — Republican and Democratic Runoffs

Republicans and Democrats both have yet to choose a nominee in the race to replace Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land), who announced his retirement after making derogatory statements about his primary opponents.

On the Republican side, Matt Morgan — who was endorsed by Miller — was unable to avoid a runoff race in March with 49 percent of the vote.

Since the primary election, Jacey Jetton — who was endorsed by Abbott and received 41 percent of the vote — has received vastly more financial support than Morgan.

Jetton’s contributions for the period total to $239,000, which includes $118,000 from Texans for Lawsuit Reform, $41,000 from ART, and $34,000 from the Abbott campaign.

Morgan raised $26,000 and spent $44,000 compared to Jetton’s $86,000.

On the Democratic side, L. Sarah DeMerchant received 30 percent of the primary vote versus Suleman Lalani’s 32 percent.

Over the past few months, Lalani outraised DeMerchant with $46,000 compared to $12,000, and he outspent her with $95,000 to $5,000.

House District 45 — Republican Runoff

Carrie Isaac, who was unable to avoid a runoff in the primary with 48 percent of the vote, has outperformed her opponent, Bud Wymore, in contributions.

Wymore, who received 41 percent of the primary vote, has raised $21,000 this cycle, while Isaac has raised $98,000.

Not quite half of Isaac’s contributions — $42,000 — came from the Texas Federation for Children PAC.

The winner of the primary will face Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) in the general election.

House District 47 — Republican Runoff

In the Republican primary, Jennifer Fleck led the way with 32 percent of the vote while Justin Berry came in second, narrowly surpassing the third-placed primary candidate by one vote.

But since then, Berry received the endorsement of Governor Abbott and notably more contributions than Fleck.

In total, Berry’s campaign received $223,000 compared to Fleck’s $19,000.

Berry’s major donors include ART ($80,000), Texans for Abbott ($37,000), the Austin Police Association PAC ($29,000), and Texans for Lawsuit Reform ($24,000).

The winner of the primary will face Rep. Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin) in the general election.

House District 59 — Republican Runoff

Shelby Slawson nearly won in the primary against incumbent J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) with 46 percent of the vote compared to his 30 percent.

Since then, Sheffield has outraised Slawson with $253,000 compared to her $88,000.

Sheffield’s major donors include the Statewide Texas Medical Association PAC ($45,000), Abbott’s campaign ($26,000), and ART ($12,000).

Slawson’s major donors include the Texas Optometric PAC ($25,000) and the Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC ($14,000).

House District 60 — Republican Runoff

The race between Jon Francis and Glenn Rogers has been particularly heated, with Francis receiving an endorsement from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rogers receiving one from Abbott.

Francis has raised more — $577,000 compared to Rogers’ $378,000 — but a major portion of that has come from conservative mega-donors Farris and JoAnn Wilks, Francis’ in-laws, who contributed $475,000 in this last cycle alone.

Roger’s donations have come from a number of sources, including the Texas Association of Realtors PAC ($64,000), the Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund ($50,000), and Texans for Abbott ($44,000).

House District 67 — Democratic Runoff

Democrats Tom Adair and Lorenzo Sanchez are seeking their party’s nomination to challenge Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano) in the general election.

In the primary, Adair received 33 percent of the vote and Sanchez received 27 percent.

Since then, Sanchez has brought in more donations — $72,000 compared to Adair’s $29,000.

As of July 4, Sanchez had $3,000 cash on hand, while Adair had no cash on hand.

House District 100 — Democratic Runoff

Although Rep. Lorraine Birabil (D-Dallas) won a special election earlier this year with 66 percent of the vote, she is currently in a runoff against Jasmine Crockett to hold onto her seat.

In the past cycle, contributions to Birabil’s campaign nearly doubled those to Crockett’s: $120,000 compared to $62,000.

House District 119 — Democratic Runoff

With Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) in the runoff to secure the Senate District 19 nomination, Democratic candidates Elizabeth Campos and Jennifer Ramos are vying for his open seat.

The primary was close, with Campos receiving 46 percent of the vote and Ramos receiving 44 percent.

Contributions in the last cycle show a starker contrast, though, with Campos raising $133,000 compared to Ramos’ $25,000. 

House District 138 — Democratic Runoff

While Lacey Hull secured the Republican primary in March, the choice for Democrats is still between Jenifer Rene Pool and Akilah Bacy.

Bacy came close to winning the primary outright, with 47 percent of the vote compared to Pool’s 30 percent.

Financially, Bacy is the clear frontrunner, too.

Pool does not report any new contributions or current cash on hand, and only lists $246.65 in expenditures for the past cycle.

Meanwhile, Bacy reports $76,000 in contributions, $39,000 in expenditures, and currently $26,000 cash on hand.

House District 142 — Democratic Runoff

Facing a challenge from Jerry Davis, incumbent Harold Dutton, Jr. (D-Houston) raised more money in the past cycle.

While Davis reports $45,000 in contributions, Dutton reported $134,000.

Interestingly, Dutton also reported $1.7 million cash on hand as of July 4, although that is well over a million dollars above the cash on hand at the end of the previous period combined with the contributions he reported in the current period.

Davis reported $44,000 cash on hand at the end of the last period.

House District 148 — Democratic Runoff

Similar to Birabil in HD 100, Anna Eastman won a special election earlier in the year and is trying to hold onto the seat.

In the primary, Eastman received 42 percent of the vote.

Penny Morales Shaw, Eastman’s runoff opponent, received 22 percent in the primary.

Eastman outraised Shaw with $168,000 compared to $73,000.

Senate District 14 — Special Election

With Sen. Kirk Watson’s (D-Austin) retirement launching a special election after the primary season, the special election on July 14 will be a “jungle primary.” 

As such, all candidates from both major parties and third parties will be placed on the same ballot with one another.

If no candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote, the top two will advance to a runoff election that will determine who will serve the remainder of Watson’s term, including the legislative session next year.

Six candidates will appear on the ballot: Sarah Eckhardt (D), Eddie Rodriguez (D), Waller Thomas Burns II (R), Don Zimmerman (R), Pat Dixon (L), and Jeff Ridgeway (I).

With the largely Travis County district leaning extremely Democratic — on average, voters in the county choose Democrats on the ballot 25 percent more often than the rest of the state — the focus of the special election has largely been on the two Democratic candidates, Eckhardt and Rodriguez.

Rodriguez raised more than Eckhardt — $306,000 to $79,000 — but Eckhardt had more cash on hand at the end of the period — $77,000 compared to $7,000.

Senate District 19 — Democratic Runoff

In the runoff to see which Democrat will face Sen. Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) in the general election, Xochil Peña Rodriguez outraised and outspent Roland Gutierrez.

Rodriguez received $66,000 in contributions and spent $147,000, compared to Gutierrez’s respective $27,000 and $99,000. 

By July 4, their cash on hand was not vastly different. Rodriguez had $14,000 on hand while Gutierrez had $11,000.

Senate District 27 — Democratic Runoff

State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) almost avoided a runoff in March, but fell just shy of the majority with 49.8 percent of the vote.

Sara Stapleton Barrera has received 36 percent and has raised $40,000.

Lucio raised over a million dollars more in the cycle, with significant contributions from Texans for Lawsuit Reform ($234,000) and the Texas Association of Realtors PAC ($124,000).

Detailed List of Filings

If a candidate for a state office won a primary election outright and does not have a runoff, they are required to file on the usually semi-annual date of July 15.

CandidateExpendituresContributionsOutstanding LoansCash on Hand
Dan Flynn (R-HD-2)$255,069.83$335,725.12$0.00$63,500.00
Bryan Slaton (R-HD-2)$141,133.94$167,233.82$0.00$45,647.22
Ro'Vin Garrett (R-HD-25)$38,080.93$21,925.00$26,136.68$17,318.00
Cody Vasut (R-HD-25)$68,549.40$48,486.61$100.00$28,176.26
Matt Morgan (R-HD-26)$44,030.33$25,702.59$29,615.00$3,998.09
Jacey Jetton (R-HD-26)$85,994.16$239,218.51$25,000.00$3,299.45
L. Sarah DeMerchant (D-HD-26)$5,138.00$12,398.71$975.00$6,178.60
Suleman Lalani (D-HD-26)$94,755.00$45,502.00$91,000.00$18,265.04
Carrie Isaac (R-HD-45)$83,016.57$98,202.86$0.00$24,129.51
Bud Wymore (R-HD-45)$50,281.77$20,572.60$0.00$6,421.93
Jennifer Fleck (R-HD-47)$32,948.46$19,064.00$19,188.34$4,342.68
Justin Berry (R-HD-47)$84,375.16$223,170.31$0.00$7,957.99
J.D. Sheffield (R-HD-59)$247,068.10$253,191.24$55,641.82$28,391.33
Shelby Slawson (R-HD-59)$170,020.84$87,595.33$158,400.00$29,264.46
Jon Francis (R-HD-60)$584,956.61$577,047.14$81,170.12$95,626.10
Glenn Rogers (R-HD-60)$286,858.59$378,493.69$75,100.00$120,263.93
Tom Adair (D-HD-67)$44,808.18$29,327.10$25,000.00$0.00
Lorenzo Sanchez (D-HD-67)$52,034.27$71,556.81$28,610.29$3,008.07
Lorraine Birabil (D-HD-100)$71,953.22$120,301.78$0.00$38,318.56
Jasmine Felicia Crockett (D-HD-100)$19,541.50$61,970.33$3,200.00$5,079.61
Elizabeth Campos (D-HD-119)$81,579.73$133,208.27$10,000.00$24,768.75
Jennifer Ramos (D-HD-119)$20,558.85$24,900.00$6,500.00$7,576.32
Jenifer Rene Pool (D-HD-138)$246.65$0.00$0.00$0.00
Akilah Bacy (D-HD-138)$38,924.88$76,135.28$0.00$25,876.49
Harold Dutton, Jr. (D-HD-142)$68,455.14$133,829.83$0.00$1,737,140.00
Jerry Davis (D-HD-142)$106,896.25$45,055.00$0.00$43,971.01
Anna Eastman (D-HD-148)$182,919.62$168,330.66$0.00$1,610.25
Penny Morales Shaw (D-HD-148)$90,463.43$72,670.00$0.00$12,759.80
Sarah Eckhardt (D-SD-14)$148,299.66$79,134.76$0.00$76,614.75
Eddie Rodriguez (D-SD-14)$465,768.77$306,475.74$0.00$7,214.43
Waller Thomas Burns II (R-SD-14)$321.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Donald Zimmerman (R-SD-14)$9,115.33$6,458.00$2,000.00$4,243.86
Pat Dixon (L-SD-14)$1,609.69$7,183.19$8,412.77$0.00
Jeff Ridgeway (I-SD-14)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Xochil Pena Rodriguez (D-SD-19)$147,008.20$65,501.99$339,000.00$14,443.80
Roland Gutierrez (D-SD-19)$99,040.66$27,330.00$0.00$11,309.26
Eddie Lucio Jr (D-SD-27)$767,273.71$1,059,649.06$34,695.93$157,197.98
Sara Stapleton Barrera (D-SD-27)$68,961.43$39,904.06$255,294.19$8,676.63


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