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Here’s How Much Texas Candidates Raised In The State’s Hottest U.S. House Primaries

Dozens of candidates are running in competitive primaries for U.S. House seats. The latest fundraising reports give hints to which ones are drawing significant support and which remain long shots

For many Texas congressional races, Wednesday was the most consequential day yet on the primary calendar.

That was the deadline for U.S. House and Senate campaigns to file finance reports covering the last three months of 2017. Those watching the races closely are sure to pore over the mishmash of donations and expenditures to separate viable candidates from the long shots.

And that weeding out process could be more intense than past years. Of the eight Texans in Congress who are not running for re-election, six waited until the fall to announce their decisions, prompting late scrambles for those open seats.

Over in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was easily outraised by his leading Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso.

Texas is hosting the first statewide primaries of 2018 on March 6. Early voting begins on Feb. 20.

Here are what candidates in some of the state's hottest U.S. House primary races are reporting:

  • U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, is retiring. Nine Republicans are competing for the party nomination to succeed him in the historically conservative district. Five Democrats are also running for the seat.
    U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, is retiring. Nine Republicans are competing for the party nomination to succeed him in the historically conservative district. Five Democrats are also running for the seat.
  • Eight Republicans are running to succeed U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, who is retiring. One Democrat, Dan Woods, is also running.
    Eight Republicans are running to succeed U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, who is retiring. One Democrat, Dan Woods, is also running.
  • U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, is retiring. Eleven Republicans are running for the nomination in this district, which is expected to stay in the GOP column. Five Democrats are also running.
    U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, is retiring. Eleven Republicans are running for the nomination in this district, which is expected to stay in the GOP column. Five Democrats are also running.
  • Seven Democrats are vying for the chance to take on U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston. Culberson also faces a challenger in his Republican primary.
    Seven Democrats are vying for the chance to take on U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston. Culberson also faces a challenger in his Republican primary.
  • U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, is vacating the seat to run for U.S. Senate. Five Democrats are running for the nomination to succeed him in this Democratic-dominated district. Two Republicans are also running.
    U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, is vacating the seat to run for U.S. Senate. Five Democrats are running for the nomination to succeed him in this Democratic-dominated district. Two Republicans are also running.
  • U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is retiring. Democrats see small signs of hope that they might be able to compete for this normally Republican seat in the fall.
    U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is retiring. Democrats see small signs of hope that they might be able to compete for this normally Republican seat in the fall.
  • A crowded, 18-person field is vying for the GOP nomination to succeed Smith.
    A crowded, 18-person field is vying for the GOP nomination to succeed Smith.
  • Five Democrats are competing for the chance to take on U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, in the fall. Hurd also has a Republican challenger.
    Five Democrats are competing for the chance to take on U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, in the fall. Hurd also has a Republican challenger.
  • U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, is retiring. Six Republicans are running to succeed him in the Republican-leaning district. Four Democrats are also running for the seat.
    U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, is retiring. Six Republicans are running to succeed him in the Republican-leaning district. Four Democrats are also running for the seat.
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  • U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, is retiring. Seven Democrats are running to succeed him in this heavily Democratic seat. Four Republicans are also running for the seat.
    U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, is retiring. Seven Democrats are running to succeed him in this heavily Democratic seat. Four Republicans are also running for the seat.

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