STATE OF THE RACE: Lean Sheffield (Republican Hold)
Candidate Page: Sam Murphey
Candidate Page: Ralph Sheffield
House District Map: District 155
District History: 2006 Election Results
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30-Day Out Campaign Finance Report:
|HD-55: Murphey vs. Sheffield ||Contributions ||Expenditures ||Cash on Hand |
|Democrat Sam Murphey ||$104,852.07 ||$89,666.32 ||$117,280.90 |
|Republican Ralph Sheffield ||$80,689.02 ||$60,105.50 ||$51,222.37 |
|Murphey/Sheffield's Adv. (Noted) ||$92,325.73 ||$65,355.68 ||$76,169.49 |
Democrat Sam Murphey is one of my favorite candidates this cycle, and he provides another excellent example of the "sleeper" races that Democrats are running across the state. As I reported many months ago, when the Belton Journal wrote the following...
[Murphey is a 22-year career as an officer in the U.S. Army that took him to various assignments in the United States, Europe, Korea and Vietnam. For the past 16 years, he has served closely with U.S. Representative Chet Edwards as his primary contact for the military and veterans communities.
...don't be surprised if this race sneaks up on some folks. Murphey has developed strong name ID in the race and has the credentials to back it up. He's also running in an area -- Temple -- where Democrat Chet Edwards (Murphey's former employer) has shown folks that a sensible, honest Democrat can be an extremely effective community leader.
There are two factors keeping this race Republican: retiring incumbent Rep. Diane Delisi was an honest legislator. Whatever you thought of her policies, she always behaved ethically, and her potential successor, Sheffield, appears to be doing the same.
Murphey will have to rely on good old fashioned shoe leather to win this one. We think he can do it, but for now, he still has a few hurdles to climb.
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