Eyeing Congress, two Austin-area Democrats outraise Republicans


Two years ago, in the midst of a hot-and-heavy presidential race, Democrat Mike Clark, running in a congressional district just north of Austin, raised $1,035 during the first quarter of 2016 on his way to getting crushed by incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Carter.

In the first three months of 2018, Democrat Mary “MJ” Hegar, running in the same district, raised 200 times that amount, according to newly filed campaign finance reports.

In the latest sign of Democratic enthusiasm heading into 2018 midterm elections, a couple of Central Texas Democrats competing in traditionally conservative congressional districts have raised far more money than their Republican counterparts in the first quarter of the year, according to an American-Statesman review of campaign finance records.

Read more about Democrats’ fundraising efforts and how they might impact the November general elections at MyStatesman.com.



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