When it comes to the financial arms race for House District 113, there really is no competition. 33-year old Republican nominee Jonathan Boos significantly outpaces Democrat nominee Rhetta Bowers (pictured left), no matter how you slice the data. Still, Dr. Mark Jones of Rice University, who has analyzed all Texas House districts according to voters’ partisanship, affinity for Trump, and ideology, scores HD 113 as one of the most likely to flip from red to blue.
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|$3,000.00||Oncor Political Action Committee of Oncor Electric Delivery Administration Corp.|
|$3,000.00||Texas Trial Lawyers Association PAC|
|$2,500.00||Texas REALTORS PAC (DISSOLVED)|
|$2,250.00||Raytheon Company PAC|
|$2,000.00||Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC|
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|$13,620.64||Susan Harry Consulting|
|$4,250.00||Travis County Democratic Party (P)|
|$4,000.00||Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee (DISSOLVED)|
|$3,700.00||Austin National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)|
|$3,475.00||PS Events and Marketing|
|$2,328.51||Uber Technologies Inc|
|$2,020.00||Texas Democratic Party|
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A solid Democrat seat within Travis County, HD 46 saw five challengers emerge and the incumbent, Dukes, fail to even make the runoff. The two frontrunners were former Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and immigration attorney Jose “Chito” Vela, also serving in local government as a planning commissioner for the City of Austin. Vela squeaked out a narrow lead during the first round of ballots with 39.52% to Cole’s 38.23%. But as is frequently the case in runoff elections, the candidate in second place in after the primary more often than not wins the runoff; Cole eventually won by a mere 183 votes.