As early voting concludes, and with election day looming Tuesday in an historic presidential race, it's easy to forget that control of the Texas Legislature is also at stake.
North Texas has emerged as the hottest battlefield in the state. One of the mostly closely watched races is the Senate District 10 battle between Republican incumbent Kim Brimer of Fort Worth and former Fort Worth City Council member Wendy Davis.
Spending by the two candidates has reached a stratospheric $2.8 million, according to campaign contribution reports released this week.
Big-spending races are also being waged for two North Texas House seats: House District 96, where Republican incumbent Bill Zedler of Arlington faces an aggressive challenge from Democrat Chris Turner of Burleson; and House District 97, where Democratic incumbent Daniel Barrett of Fort Worth is fighting Republican Mark Shelton of Fort Worth to retain the seat Barrett won in a special election.
A river of cash is pouring into other hot races in Harris County, the Austin suburbs, parts of East Texas and the Gulf Coast. A half-million-dollar price tag in a single race, once considered unimaginable, is no longer a rarity. According to the Quorum Report, an Austin political newsletter, the total tab in Craddick’s race against Democrat Bill Dingus is nearly $2.2 million, with most of it – $1.8 million – coming from Craddick. It is the costliest House race in the state.