July 19, 2017/Press

ICYMI: Democratic Challengers Outraise Four Texas Republicans in Congress

Austin, TX —  In case you missed it, the Texas Tribune reported that four Texas Republican incumbents in Congress were outmatched in fundraising by their Democratic rivals in the second quarter of the year.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Reps. Ted Poe (R-Humble), Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio), and John Culberson (R-Houston) all found their fundraising machines outpaced by Democratic challengers, in a wave of Democratic enthusiasm across districts in Texas. [Texas Tribune, July 17, 2017]

Important Highlights:

  • “U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, posted a $2.1 million quarterly haul in his first report since launching a bid to unseat Cruz, who raised $1.6 million.”

  • “[U.S. Rep. Ted] Poe’s quarterly haul was on the small side — $81,000…[N]onprofit executive Todd Litton outpaced him with $139,000 raised.”

  • “[U.S. Rep. John] Culberson, who has never been among Congress’ strongest fundraisers, heeded Democratic threats to his district and raised a larger-than-usual $336,000 this quarter…Even so, two Democrats among a crowded field raised more than he did.”

  • [U.S. Rep. Lamar] Smith stayed within his normal quarterly range, with $198,000 raised. Veteran Joe Kopser narrowly raised more – $205,000.”

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Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“We’re incredibly excited to see Democratic candidates on the field are racking up impressive fundraising totals in Texas. Texas is a single-digit state, and the fundraising numbers are even more evidence that the Texas Republicans in Congress are in trouble. 

“Republican leadership in Texas has made our economy plummet, overcrowded and over tested our public schools, and failed to secure health care for all Texans. Now, voters across the state are sending the message that we want representatives who will tackle the real issues that Texans care about. We’re ready to keep fighting to make that happen.”