Texas Senator Don Huffines (R) (pictured left) appears to be in grave danger of losing his legislative seat this November. Of the 15 Texas Senate races this fall, three are considered up for grabs. Senate District 16, currently held by Huffines, is widely believed to be the most vulnerable for the incumbent.
Although the seat has been held by Republicans since the early 1980’s, the demographics of this North Texas district have been shifting in favor of Democrats. Hillary Clinton won the district over Donald Trump by 4.7 percentage points, and Democrats are hopeful that Beto-mania will trickle down to help them flip this district to the blue column.
Huffines, a successful Dallas real-estate developer, first won the seat in 2014 by running to the right of then-incumbent John Carona. Huffines now faces a challenge from the left in Democrat attorney Nathan Johnson.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers:
|Texas Senate District 16 – By The Numbers|
|Don Huffines (Incumbent)||Nathan Johnson|
|Total Money Raised||$1,120,061.58||$729,619.00|
|Total Number of Donations||444||1384|
|Average Donation Amount||$2,522.66||$527.18|
|Total Money Raised In-District||$596,509.78||$600,675.20|
|Total Number of Donations In-District||262||1200|
|Percent of All Money Raised In-District||53.26%||82.33%|
|Total Money Raised Outside District||$523,551.80||$128,943.80|
|Total Number of Donations Outside District||182||184|
|Percent of All Money Raised Outside District||46.74%||17.67%|
|Total Expenditures in Primary||$746,510.42||$173,191.00|
|Total Votes in Primary||30,311||25,437|
|Cost Per Vote in Primary||$24.63||$6.81|
Huffines ran unopposed in the Republican primary, while Johnson easily defeated criminal defense attorney Joe Bogen to win the Democrat primary, 69.59% to 30.41% respectively.
Key Takeaways from the SD 16 Race:
Before you go…
Although Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who presides over the Texas Senate, has donated to the other two close Texas Senate races, contributing $60,800.00 to Senator Konni Burton and a whopping $247,471.00 to Senator Bob Hall, he has not contributed to the Huffines campaign. Since Patrick has more than 8 million dollars in cash-on-hand, it’s surprising he’s not doing more to protect one of his own.
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.