In a three-way primary race to represent Texas Senate District 31, incumbent State Senator Kel Seliger barely held off challenges by former Midland Mayor Mike Canon and Muleshoe Mayor and restauranteur Victor Leal. Seliger squeaked by with 50.5% of the vote to avoid a run-off with Canon.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers:
|Texas Senate District 31 – By The Numbers|
|Kel Seliger (I)||Mike Canon||Victor Leal|
|Total Money Raised||$1,080,479.53||$570,920||$199,780|
|Total Number of Donations||808||235||116|
|Average Donation Amount||$1,337.23||$2,429.45||$1,722.24|
|Total Money Raised In-District||$291,516.38||$103,585||$55,345|
|Total Number of Donations In-District||450||179||82|
|Percent of All Money Raised From In-District||26.98%||18.14%||27.7%|
|Total Money Raised Outside District||$788,963.15||$467,335||$144,435|
|Total Number of Donations Outside District||358||56||34|
|Percent of All Money Raised From Outside District||73.02%||81.86%||72.3%|
|Cost Per Vote||$44.46||$16.48||$25.83|
Entering the 2018 Primary Election Kel Seliger was commonly referred to as conservatives’ #1 target in the Texas Senate. In addition to this, he had two opponents – both with strong in-district ties – a situation that often spells doom for incumbent politicians. But Seliger had a plan, and he executed. Sitting on one of the largest war chests in Texas, Seliger spent big-time, doubling the expenditures of his two opponents combined.
Key Takeaways from the SD 31 Race:
Before you go…
Seliger represents a wide swath of West Texas, including one of the most oil-and-gas-rich regions in the world. While Seliger is a member of the Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee, according to many energy insiders, he has done little-to-nothing to champion the industry. Interestingly, his lack of effort didn’t seem to slow their support. The energy industry delivered big for Seliger: he received $20,000 from Exelon Corporation PAC, $10,000 from Pioneer Natural Resources PAC, and $5,000 each from Concho Resources PAC, Conoco Phillips PAC, Valero Energy PAC, and Texas Oil and Gas Association PAC.
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.