TX-Sen: White, Sharp Boast Largest Non-Incumbent 1Q Fundraising Totals in Country

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Swing State Project, a national blog that looks at competitive races at all 50 states, has done an excellent wrap-up of the first quarter fundraising totals from across the country. Go check out their post to see the quick table they've put together – for those that love campaign world more than policy world, it's a great chance to scout out which races are already on the national radar screen, and which ones aren't.

They discovered an interesting tidbit, though: our non-existent Senate race has the most moolah:

But which non-incumbent raised the most? Rob Portman led the GOP with $1.7 million, and Kendrick Meek has been busy with $1.5 million. But the winner is a Democratic candidate who is under the radar, in a race that or may not actually exist: Houston mayor Bill White, who is raising for a hypothetical special election for a seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. (UPDATE: Former Texas comptroller and fellow imaginary senate candidate John Sharp reported an even larger amount in receipts, although he gets an asterisk because $515K was contributions and the rest was self-loaned.)

Not bad for a race that doesn't even exist yet. Here are links to our previous stories about the fundraising totals:

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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