Texas Senate District 10 (Tarrant County) is the only Senate district regularly considered a toss-up by politicos. That fact alone makes it one of the most important races this November for both Republicans and Democrats. With the recent flipping of Senate District 19 (Bexar County and parts of West Texas) from Democrat to Republican by Pete Flores, the race for SD10 becomes even more important, as Republicans are on the verge of retaining their supermajority in the Senate.
Currently, State Senator Konni Burton (R-Colleyville), a longtime conservative activist, small business owner, and adoptive mom of two, represents the district. She wrestled the seat away from Democrats in 2014 when her predecessor, Wendy Davis, left the seat for her failed gubernatorial campaign against Greg Abbott.
Burton now faces Beverly Powell, a Democrat seeking to flip the seat back to blue in the general election. Beverly Powell is a real estate and residential development businesswoman. She easily won the Democrat primary netting 61.6% of the vote against Euless research scientist, Allison Campolo.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers:
|Texas Senate District 10 – By The Numbers|
|Konni Burton (I)||Beverly Powell|
|Total Money Raised||$451,460.27||$430,681.19|
|Total Number of Donations||679||796|
|Average Donation Amount||$664.89||$541.06|
|Total Money Raised In-District||$76,663.08||$179,468.83|
|Total Number of Donations In-District||346||585|
|Percent of All Money Raised In-District||16.98%||41.67%|
|Total Money Raised Outside District||$374,797.19||$251,212.36|
|Total Number of Donations Outside District||333||211|
|Percent of All Money Raised Outside District||83.02%||58.33%|
|Total Expenditures in Primary||$115,394.53||$119,776.25|
|Total Votes in Primary||35,758||23,148|
|Cost Per Vote in Primary||$3.23||$5.17|
Burton is widely considered one of the most conservative members of the Texas Senate. By representing Tarrant County (including Fort Worth), she gives Republicans a rare urban stronghold. For Democrats, knocking off Burton would accomplish several objectives: 1) The Senate would lose one of its most conservative members; 2) Senate Republicans’ chance of retaining their supermajority would dwindle; 3) Republicans would lose an urban district; and 4) Lt. Gov. Patrick‘s ability to pass conservative legislation would be limited. Thus, Powell’s campaign is a top priority for Democrats across the state.
Key Takeaways from the SD 10 Race:
Before you go…
Texans across the state, especially those in the Metroplex and Houston, are likely familiar with personal injury lawyer Jim Adler (aka “The Texas Hammer”), as they’ve been inundated for decades with his late-night TV commercials and early morning radio ads. Adler, who does not reside in SD 10, contributed $1,000 to Powell’s campaign. Although not a large donation, Adler’s support for a candidate — or against an incumbent — across the state sends a loud message about what trial lawyers think of the SD 10 race.
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.