Money and the Lieutenant Governor’s Race
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Many observers are writing off David Dewhurst’s chances in the race for lieutenant governor, and it’s easy to understand why. A gaffe-prone Dewhurst has been reeling since the night of the Wendy Davis filibuster. But the Houston Chronicle‘s recent story about the poor fundraising by the lite guv candidates should serve as a reminder of the importance of money in downballot races. According to the Chronicle, the lite guv candidates raised a paltry combined total of $154,000 in the last fundraising period. I trust that readers do not have to be reminded that one of the four candidates can self-fund, up to a point. So before everyone declares Dewhurst to be dead, just keep in mind that while his rivals may be starved for money, Dewhurst is not.
AP Photo | Austin-American Statesman, Deborah Cannon