Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick has endorsed Pete Flores in the race for Senate in district 19. He has about $12,000 left to run in a district that covers from San Antonio to Big Bend National Park.
Flores has raised about $60,000 since early 2016 with $37,000 coming from donations ranging from $10,000 – $500. This includes a $10,000 donation from Richard Scott and a $10,000 from Antonio Falcon. For a Senate race this is not a good sign of being competitive.
Abbott has endorsed some strange fundraisers from Flores who will depend upon large donations from Abbott’s buddies to Kathaleen Wall who self financed her congressional campaign with $6million. And lost. Hopefully Flores will lose or else you will see special interest money flooding the district in a runoff.
According to the Texas Tribune:
Complicating the dynamic between Gallego and Gutierrez is a growing Republican effort to unify behind a single candidate — Pete Flores, who ran against Uresti in 2016 — and send him to a runoff in the Democratic-leaning district. That movement became clearer than ever Thursday when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick jumped into the fray, endorsing Flores over his two lesser-known GOP rivals.
And Dan Patrick says:
“But Pete is reminding District 19 voters that the seat actually belongs to the people. People who have a shitload of money to spend to buy this seat.”
Well, he sort of said that.