AUSTIN (KXAN) — With two weeks till Election Day, thousands and thousands of are pouring into key Texas races as candidates make their ultimate pitches to voters.
In Texas’ heated U.S. Senate race, Democrat MJ Hegar raised $14 million from July-September, doubling the $7.2 million fundraising haul by incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn and wiping out his money benefit.
Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor on the College of Houston, believes Hegar must elevate and spend much more within the ultimate two weeks to be aggressive. She has lagged behind the assist Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has acquired in current polls.
“(Hegar) has to make use of that cash to shore up assist the place Democrats are working sturdy, however she’s not working as sturdy,” Rottinghaus instructed KXAN. “She doesn’t have the identical diploma of suburban success that Biden has. She doesn’t have the gender hole success that Biden has.”
Cornyn has tried his greatest to hyperlink Hegar to folks and cash outdoors of Texas—he’s repeatedly referred to his opponent as “Hollywood Hegar” on the marketing campaign path. New York and Boston rank third and fifth respectively amongst Hegar’s top-contributing metros.
Marketing campaign finance data present a majority of Hegar’s particular person contributions, 57%, got here from out of state this cycle, in comparison with 33% for Cornyn. However Hegar has relied much more closely on small donations, 50% to 18%, in line with an evaluation by Open Secrets and techniques.
“There’s little doubt that there’s rising nationwide curiosity on this race, and that’s mirrored in each of their experiences,” stated Patrick Svitek, the first political correspondent for the Texas Tribune.
Political motion committees and workers tied to funding companies rank amongst Cornyn’s high contributors—Apollo World Administration, KKR & Co., Blackstone Group and Berkshire Hathaway characterize 4 of the highest 5—whereas Hegar is most supported by PACs and workers tied to the College of Texas, the progressive Emily’s Record and varied expertise firms.
Hegar has benefited extra from the assist of out of doors teams than Cornyn. Greater than $9.6 million from outdoors teams has been spent both supporting Hegar or opposing Cornyn, in comparison with $5 million supporting Cornyn or opposing Hegar.