In the home stretch of the state governor race, Beto O’Rourke is outstripping incumbent governor Greg Abbott, though he’s still lagging behind in the polls.
They were the last major filings due before the November 8 election, and they showed O’Rourke raking in $10.5 million from September 30 through October 29. Abbott received $8.8 million in donations during the one-month period.
Both candidates spent over $20 million and were on track to empty their war chests by the end of October, with O’Rourke disclosing $4.3 million and Abbott $3.7 million in cash.
While O’Rourke continues to lag Abbott in polls, fundraising has been a key bright spot for his campaign. He’s now challenged Abbott over February’s campaign funding filings, wiping out Abbott’s once discouraging box office advantage.
O’Rourke’s campaign said his recent catch showed momentum in the final days of the race, noting he was “collecting more per day during that time [reporting] Period when he raised during the last one.” Abbott’s campaign expressed confidence that she had enough money to win.
“With the end of this campaign in sight, we have the resources we need to show Texans the stark contrast between the two candidates,” Abbott’s campaign chairman Gardner Pate said in a statement Tuesday.
O’Rourke far surpassed Abbott in the number of donations he received during the period, approximately 237,000 versus Abbott’s 29,000. O’Rourke’s average giving was $44, while Abbott’s was $302.
The largest donations Abbott has raised were $500,000 each from Plano investment adviser Ken Fisher, Midland oil mogul Javaid Anwar, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. O’Rourke’s largest checks were $250,000 from Austin doctor Carolyn Oliver and $100,000 from the Texas section of the American Federation of Teachers.
O’Rourke received a third of his funds outside of Texas, while Abbott’s figure was 15%. As for the proportion of foreign donors, Abbott was 43% and O’Rourke was 46%.
Attorney General in other national races Ken Paxton raised eyebrows by filing a report claiming he had raised $2.4 million but not including donor names. The report said the “grand totals are estimated and are itemized,” but did not include a timeline. Paxton has submitted late and incomplete reports in the past.
Paxton’s Democratic opponent Rochelle Garza reported $1.1 million in donations.
And in the open race for land commissioner, Democratic nominee Jay Kleberg reported a $250,000 donation from HEB CEO Charles Butt, which accounted for 40% of his haul and allowed Kleberg to narrowly outperform Republican rivals Dawn Buckingham. Butt recently endorsed Kleberg, a conservationist offspring of the King Ranch family, and said he’s “a natural for the job.”
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