Governor Greg Abbott has reported a record-breaking warchest ahead of the 2018 Republican and Democratic primary elections.
According to the Texas Tribune, Abbott's re-election campaign announced on Thursday that it is currently sitting on a record-breaking sum of campaign cash ahead of the primary elections. Abbott reportedly has $43.3 million in the bank, thanks to an extra $9 million raised over the second half of 2017.
Abbott's total is record-breaking for a single statewide candidate, according to information from his campaign. The full total held and raised by the Abbott campaign will be reported on Tuesday, January 16th, when candidates are required to file campaign finance reports.
In his first bid at re-election, Abbott is facing two little-known opponents in the Republican primary. Barbara Kruger and secessionist Larry SECEDE Kilgore have signed up to challenge Abbott in the primary. On the Democratic side, former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston businessman Andrew White are headlining the race. Several other Democrats have also filed to run. Those candidates are: Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne; San Antonio hospice owner Tom Wakely; retired teacher Grady Yarbrough; former Balch Springs mayor Cedric Davis; Joe Mumbach; Adrian Ocegueda and James Jolly Clark.
Abbott was first elected in 2014, defeating Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis in the general election, 59 percent to 39 percent.