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Pete Gallego Holds Big Fundraising Lead, Looks Ready to Win Second Term

by: Ben Sherman

Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:00 PM CST

Pete Gallego was a very bright point in Texas Democrats' 2012 efforts, taking West Texas' 23rd district back into blue hands. Since entering Congress, Gallego has pushed back hard against the government shutdown, secured a $4 million grant to shore up water facilities in his district, and successfully provided assistance to drought-stricken farmers.

It looks like Gallego will get to keep up his good work. While there's a GOP primary underway in his district, the former Texas House representative holds a huge fundraising lead. Gallego raised $895,000 in 2013 and possesses $500,000 in available cash to spend. In the GOP primary, former CIA officer William Hurd, has $200,000 in the bank and his primary opponent, former Rep. Quico Cancesco (who Gallego beat), has only $183,000 left. The primary is an exact rematch of the 2010 one that Canseco won, but his loss two years later may mean that the winners will reverse this year. We'll know in a month.

Gallego has said he doesn't have a candidate preference. And looking at the fundraising so far, he doesn't need to. "I'm going to let them fight it out," Gallego told the Dallas Morning News.

More below the jump.

The 23rd congressional district is massive, and Gallego's success there speaks well to Texas Democrats' efforts in two distinct parts of the state. Gallego's support in South Texas and West Texas is a model of what Democrats can achieve with strong candidates. Gallego represented Alpine's district in the Texas House

"I have such a special and unique relationship with so many of the counties over a period of time," Gallego told the DMN. "In the 23rd, there's never a dull moment...It's elected five different congressmen in the last ten elections."

With Pete Gallego, Texas Democrats have a good chance to keep this important seat for years to come.

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