Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports filed for the third quarter of 2020 revealed that many Democratic challengers running for competitive congressional seats gained traction by outraising their Republican opponents, though many of the incumbents still ended the period with more cash-on-hand.
The latest FEC reports — and the last to be filed before the election on November 3 aside from notices of contributions over $1,000 — showed that the trend had not changed much during the short period of Oct. 1-14.
In the Senate race, Democrat MJ Hegar once again outraised Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and ended the period with a cash advantage of $3 million, though Cornyn has spent about $10 million more in the race overall than Hegar.
Democratic challengers in U.S. House races also outraised Reps. Van Taylor (R-TX-03), Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), Chip Roy (R-TX-21), Roger Williams (R-TX-25), and John Carter (R-TX-31), though each of the incumbents still reported a cash advantage.
In the three competitive open seats of Texas’ 22nd, 23rd, and 24th congressional districts, Democrats Sri Preston Kulkarni, Gina Ortiz Jones, and Candace Valenzuela continued to outraise and outspend their Republican opponents.
Two Republican challengers, Wesley Hunt and Genevieve Collins, also continued to fare well in outraising Reps. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07) and Colin Allred (D-TX-32), respectively, but Fletcher and Allred maintained more cash-on-hand.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-02), who is the sixth highest-raising House member according to the FEC, also continued to vastly outperform his Democratic opponent.
See the table below for a comparison between the FEC Q3 and pre-general election filings in the competitive Texas races.
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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.