Our Race to Raise articles take 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.
Contributing Writer | 07/10/2018

Runoff elections in Texas primaries are notoriously long. From the time the initial March primaries are over and a crowded field is cleared, the remaining two candidates have nearly three more months of campaigning before voters make their final choice. Often, this setup causes the person in the lead to lose momentum and the “underdog” …

Contributing Writer | 07/03/2018

State Representative Dawnna Dukes had served in the Texas Legislature for 24 years. But after a serious car accident in 2013, felony corruption charges, and a last-minute decision revoking her earlier promises to resign, the field to replace her steadily grew. A solid Democrat seat within Travis County, HD 46 saw five challengers emerge and …

Contributing Writer | 06/21/2018

With the retirement of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, the race to replace him quickly soared to the forefront of the Texas primary season. All Texas House seats are valuable, as roughly 27 million Texans are represented by only 150 State Representatives, but the significance of the HD 121 seat is undeniable, as its winner …

Contributing Writer | 06/10/2018

The race for Texas House District 37, historically a reliable seat for Democrats, was arguably the most interesting upset in the 2018 Texas primary. During the March primary, State Representative Rene Oliveira faced off against challengers Arturo Alonzo, an Iraq war veteran, and Cameron County Commissioner, Alex Dominguez. The incumbent Oliveira netted only 48% of …

Contributing Writer | 06/05/2018

During the March primary, the race to represent House District 54 in the Texas legislature featured the only incumbent Republican lawmaker who was forced into a runoff election. Republican State Representative Scott Cosper was challenged by Killeen veterinarian, Dr. Brad Buckley. A third contestant, Larry Smith, was also in the race but failed to make the runoff. …