Seeking to gin up enthusiasm about an expanding the 2012 Senate map, national Democrats touted the candidacy of retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez when he entered the Texas Senate race in the spring. But Sanchez has maintained a low profile so far and his latest fundraising numbers aren't impressive.
In the third quarter, Sanchez brought in just $83,000, spending over $112,000 and finishing the quarter with about $119,000 in the bank. The three major GOP candidates each had over seven-figures in their accounts at the close of the quarter.
Given Texas' heavy GOP tilt, Sanchez was never expected to be a major force, despite his high-profile rollout. But a booming Hispanic population in the state signaled an opportunity for Democrats to make inroads. It's not too late for Sanchez to reverse his fotunes, but so far, Sanchez hasn't offered many indications that he'll be anything more than the latest Democrat in Texas to take on a statewide race amid Democratic gusto, only to later fade into the background.