One of the most high profile races of the 2018 Primary Election was in Texas Senate District 2. State Senator Bob Hall, who has represented SD2 since 2014, was challenged by former State Representative Cindy Burkett, HD113. Burkett walked away from the seat she held in the House since 2010 to challenge Hall, quite the risk given how she’d moved up the ladder of power in Texas’ lower chamber. The gamble didn’t pay off, as Burkett lost to Hall.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers:
|Texas Senate District 2 – By The Numbers|
|Bob Hall (I)||Cindy Burkett|
|Total Money Raised||$1,070,585||$957,663|
|Total Number of Donations||408||448|
|Average Donation Amount||$2,623.98||$2,137.64|
|Total Money Raised In-District||$31,277.97||$40,917.14|
|Total Number of Donations In-District||213||176|
|Percent of All Money Raised From In-District||2.92%||4.27%|
|Total Money Raised Outside District||$1,039,307.48||$916,745.85|
|Total Number of Donations Outside District||195||272|
|Percent of All Money Raised From Outside District||97.08%||95.73%|
|Cost Per Vote||$24.72||$19.62|
When she originally ran for the Texas House, Cindy Burkett campaigned as a conservative champion. She claimed to be someone who was willing to go to Austin and fight cronyism and corruption. Yet according to most Texas politicos, she turned her back on conservatives in hopes of securing better committee assignments and attaining more power. Hall likewise ran as an outsider, one willing to buck the status quo. Unlike Burkett, Hall has indeed been a thorn in the side of the bureaucracy in Austin. The contrast for the voters of SD2 was clear, and they clearly chose someone who for all intents and purposes actually did in office what they said they’d do on the campaign trail.
Key Takeaways from the SD2 race:
Before you go…
One of the most interesting donations in this race came from Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA). Although SD2 is not a particularly energy-rich part of the state, TXOGA got heavily involved. They made 67 primary candidate endorsements this season, and only one was against an incumbent — TXOGA endorsed Burkett and donated $5,000 to her campaign.
Our Race to Raise series takes a deeper look at the most high-profile races of the election cycle, focusing specifically on money raised by those seeking to serve in public office. Stay tuned for the next installment.