Texas Elections 2018

Why Is Lupe Valdez Having Such A Tough Time Raising Funds?

Valdez, Democratic candidate for governor of Texas, has just $222,000 in the bank. Republican incumbent Greg Abbott has $29 million.

Democratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez and incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.

The latest campaign finance reports show Lupe Valdez, former Dallas County sheriff and Democratic candidate for governor, has just $222,000 in the bank. That’s less than 1 percent of Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s $28.9 million war chest.

When your party hasn’t won the governor’s mansion in more than a quarter century, it’s hard to make the case that you’re a good investment. It’s that much tougher when you come across as weak on the stump, and your opponent has already raised more than $40 million.

“I think that race has just been written off by Democratic donors,” said Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, “and they did that very early, and there’s no reason for them to reconsider as Lupe Valdez continues to run a fairly weak campaign.”

Jillson said Democrats are putting their money into campaigns they think they can win, such as Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s challenge to Senator Ted Cruz and congressional races in GOP districts Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.

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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 delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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