As the Nov. 6 midterm election looms, two Democratic candidates in state and national races that impact Hays County out-fundraised their Republican counterparts in the latest reporting period.
So far in the race for Texas House District 21, Democrat Joseph Kopser raised $381,013.81 in the last quarter, which surpassed the $205,036.29 pulled in by Republican Chip Roy in the same timeframe, according to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) financial report.
Ultimately, Kopser has roughly $364,000 in cash on hand at the end of the current reporting period, while Roy has roughly $239,000.
Both are vying for a seat vacated by Lamar Smith, who in 2017 announced he was not running for reelection. District 21 services parts of the Buda and Kyle areas.
The Texas Observer named the District 21 congressional election as one of the six major Texas elections to watch in November.
In the race for the U.S. Congressional District 25 seat, political newcomer Julie Oliver, who secured the Democratic nomination in a May runoff, is trying to keep pace with Republican incumbent Roger Williams.
According to FEC reports, Williams’ total net contributions from April to July was $76,620, while Oliver collected $101,472 in contributions from May to June.
However, Williams, who is seeking a third term in office, leads the way with nearly $1.2 million in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period. Oliver reported $78,145 cash on hand at the end of the period.
So far in the race for the Texas House District 45 seat, Republican candidate Ken Strange culled nearly $71,000 in contributions from February to June, while Democrat Erin Zweiner pulled in roughly $16,700, according to FEC reports.
Strange and Zweiner are fighting for a seat currently held by Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), who opted to forgo reelection for shot at the CD-21 seat, which was unsuccessful.
HD-25 covers all of Hays, Blanco and Comal Counties.