A brief look at the campaign finance reports of three Texas House seats in Harris County. I was surprised at the number of Republicans that are now paying for block walking. That used to be a Democratic Party thing.
HD-126 Open Seat
This is another race that Empower Texans and Texas Right to Life is trying to influence in a big way. In addition to the $12,800 you see on this report from Kevin Fulton, ET has previously given him $20,000 and TRL $15,000. Harless appears to be tapping into the network that his wife, the former representative of 126 built up. And Stanart is relying on the little fella to get her into a runoff, although Fulton might have blocked that by also paying him.
HD-134 Sarah Davis (inc) vs Susanna Dokupil
This race continues to be the highest profile House race in the area. Outsiders continue to dominate the funding of challenger Dokupil. Although Davis has a significant advantage in COH, that is meaningless when Gov. Abbott can drop any amount he wants at any time. Davis continues to dominate in the number of contributions from individuals within the district. The HPOU pickup is very nice for Davis.
HD-150 Valoree Swanson (inc) vs James Wilson
I’m not sure that we should call this a contested race but the incumbent did have someone file against her, so that is the definition. Swanson’s COH advantage comes from earlier contributions from Empower Texans, Texas Right to Life, Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Briscoe Cain campaign. She paid $28,000 to 90 Degree Agency, which to the best of my knowledge provides paid block walkers. As a perennial candidate, Wilson’s path to victory has never been clear and he has a very uphill battle to climb.