Burka’s bottom line in Texas House races

Posted in Around The State, HD-52, Money In Politics, Williamson County at 12:53 pm by wcnews

Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka has posted his thoughts on what he calls the 15 “major House races” Money Talk: D’s hold fundraising leads in major House races (but Craddick has money to burn). Here’s what he had to say and HD-52, and his bottom line.

Maldonado (D) $278,368.50 vs. Daniel (R) $19,142.36 (Round Rock). Maldonado’s lead in fundraising in the battle for Mike Krusee’s old seat is stunning. It’s going to cost Craddick a wad of money to get Daniel competitive in the money game.


The bottom line: In twelve of the fifteen most competitive races, Democrats hold the lead in fundraising.

This raises interesting questions for Craddick. How does he allocate his money when his candidates are lagging behind in fundraising. Take the Daniel-Maldonado race. Does he pour resources into Daniel’s race, or does he throw Daniel under the bus and focus on races where Republicans are more competitive? Does he write off Donna Keel, his parliamentarian’s sister-in-law, and try to bail out Zedler, who isn’t worth saving? Craddick’s $3 million will go a long way, but a lot of his horses have a long way to go.

Where will Craddick put his money? That’s the $3 million question

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