Posted on October 16, 2014 | By Kevin Diaz
With a week to go before early voting, Democratic incumbent Pete Gallego is outpacing GOP challenger Will Hurd in the money chase in Texas’ premier congressional battleground district.
Gallego, in his first term, took in $606,286 in contributions over the three-month period ending Sept. 30. Hurd, making his second bid for a U.S. House seat, raised $420,530, according to their most recent financial reports.
The latest totals extend Gallego’s two-to-one fundraising advantage over Hurd in the 23rd Congressional District, which covers about a fifth of Texas’ land area along the border between San Antonio and El Paso.
Altogether, Gallego, of Alpine, has pulled in nearly $2.3 million for his reelection campaign, compared to about $1.1 million for Hurd, a former CIA officer from San Antonio.
Nevertheless, Republicans are making a play for the district, which went to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. Outside Republican Super PACs have bought more than $2 million of air time to buoy Hurd’s chances, and the Republican and Democratic national congressional committees have put in more than a $1 million each.
With early voting starting on Monday, Gallego also has the advantage of $511,464 in the bank, compared to Hurd’s $202,481.
At this point, however, the all-out ad war going on in the San Antonio media market may be in the hands of the parties and the Super PACs as much as the campaigns themselves.