The latest campaign finance numbers are trickling in, and it looks like gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are neck-and-neck in fundraising. At the end of the reporting period that ended on June 30, both drummed up about $11 million in the weeks following the May primaries, but Abbott's stockpile of campaign cash could give him the leg up come November.
Over the last year, Democratic nominee for Texas Governor, state senator Wendy Davis, and her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, have raised just about the same amount of money. Abbott's pulled in $28 million; Davis, $27 million. But the big number to consider is Abbott's giant lead in cash on hand. Abbott has been stockpiling campaign cash for years and has $35.5 million in the bank. Davis, who only announced she was running for governor last October, has $13 million to spend.
In other races, GOP Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick announced he's raised a million dollars since his May runoff victory against current Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Other candidates have yet to release final numbers, which must be turned in today to the Texas Ethics Commission.
This is the last time we'll get a peek at candidate fundraising totals until early October.