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SCOTUS to Hear Racial Gerrymandering Case in April

Pre-primary fundraising reports were due last week.

Feb. 26, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

“The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments April 24 in the long-running legal fight over Texas political maps, which could scramble the boundaries of two congressional” seats. “A decision could affect the 2018 midterm elections, especially if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that some of the districts must be redrawn.” Last year, a three-judge panel invalidated districts held by Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-35) and Blake Farenthold (R-27) as illegal racial gerrymanders. (San Antonio Express-News)

OPEN-SEAT RACES. Pre-primary reports were due last week ahead of Texas’ March 6 primary contests. The filings cover the period from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14. Here are the top fundraisers in Texas’ open-seat races. If no candidate clears the 50-percent threshold, then the race heads to a May runoff.

TX-02: Donor Kathaleen Wall (R): $3.2 million raised, including a $3.2 million personal contribution; $3.9 million spent; $1.6 million CoH. (FEC)
State Rep. Kevin Roberts (R): $132,000 raised, including a $50,000 personal contribution; $288,000 spent; $288,000 CoH. (FEC)
Businessman Rick Walker (R): $110,000 raised; $313,000 spent; $50,000 CoH. (FEC)

TX-03: State Sen. Van Taylor (R): $26,000 raised; $238,000 spent; $689,000 CoH. (FEC)

TX-05: Former Hensarling campaign manager Bunni Pounds (R): $116,000 raised; $241,000 spent; $72,000 CoH. (FEC) Former state Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R): $76,000 raised; $74,000 spent; $85,000 CoH. (FEC) State Rep. Lance Gooden (R): $47,000 raised; $86,000 spent; $45,000 CoH. (FEC) Ted Cruz regional director Jason Wright (R): $30,000 raised; $47,000 spent; $77,000 CoH. (FEC) Coffee company founder Sam Deen (R): $28,000 raised; $30,000 spent; $29,000 CoH. (FEC)

TX-06: Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright (R): $81,000 raised; $36,000 spent; $67,000 CoH. (FEC) Retired Naval aviator Jake Ellzey (R): $29,000 raised; $35,000 spent; $60,000 CoH. (FEC) Counterterrorism expert Shannon Dubberly (R): $24,000 raised; $46,000 spent; $17,000 CoH. (FEC)

TX-16: El Paso County Judge Veron­ica Esco­bar (D): $197,000 raised; $313,000 spent; $286,000 CoH. (FEC)
Former El Paso Independent School Board District member Dori Fenenbock (D): $101,000 raised, including a $50,000 personal loan; $330,000 spent; $222,000 CoH. (FEC)

TX-21: Former senatorial Chief of Staff Chip Roy (R): $172,000 raised; $187,000 spent; $180,000 CoH. (FEC) Former CIA agent William Negley (R): $58,000 raised; $187,000 spent; $89,000 CoH. (FEC) state Rep. Jason Isaac (R): $62,000 raised; $121,000 spent; $45,000 CoH. (FEC) Communications consultant Jenifer Sarver (R): $78,000 raised; $100,000 spent; $62,000 CoH. (FEC) 2016 candidate Matt McCall (R): $38,000 raised; $46,000 spent; $97,000 CoH. (FEC) Bexar County Republican Party Chairman Robert Stovall: $82,000 raised; $91,000 spent; $35,000 CoH. (FEC)

Army veteran Joseph Kopser (D): $96,000 raised; $275,000 spent; $158,000 CoH. (FEC)
Former congressional staffer Derrick Crowe (D): $37,000 raised; $32,000 spent; $25,000 CoH. (FEC)

TX-27: Texas Water Development Board Chairman Bech Bruun (R): $148,000 raised; $183,000 spent; $85,000 CoH. (FEC) Former Victoria County GOP Chair Michael Cloud: $16,000 raised; $36,000 spent: $12,000 CoH. (FEC)

TX-29: Health care company CEO Tahir Javed (D): $579,000 raised, including a $400,000 personal loan; $841,000 spent; $290,000 CoH. (FEC) State Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D): $233,000 raised, including a $50,000 personal loan; $209,000 spent; $234,000 CoH. (FEC)

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