Election 2020

With Texas House At Stake, Democrats Lag In Fundraising

An analysis by the Democratic group Forward Majority shows Texas Democratic candidates for the House lag their Republican rivals by roughly a 3-2 margin.

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Democrats may have their best chance in a generation of winning a majority in the Texas House of Representatives this fall.

But even as they push to flip the Texas House, they remain behind Republicans in terms of fundraising.

A new analysis by the Democratic organization Forward Majority shows that Republican candidates for the Texas House are outraising their Democratic opponents by a margin of roughly 3-2.

"We're on the cusp of a Democratic majority in the Texas State House," said Ben Wexler-Waite, the group's chief spokesman. "The only problem is that lobbyists, corporate donors, and Republican special interests really don't want that to happen. So, they've been plowing millions of dollars into Republican state legislators' campaigns."

Much of the fight is playing out in the Houston and Dallas areas, he said.

"In some districts in Houston, the Republicans are significantly outraising us,” Wexler-Waite said. “In some, we are doing a really great job at fighting back."

For the latter, Wexler-Waite points to the 134th District, where Democrat Ann Johnson is currently outraising incumbent Republican Representative Sarah Davis.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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