Abbott campaign war chest hits whopping $41 million
July 17, 2017
AUSTIN – Running for re-election with no announced formidable challenger in a state known for its no-limit political contributions, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott now has a war chest as big as Texas itself.
Abbott, who announced Friday he will seek a second term in 2018, on Monday filed paperwork showing he now has nearly $41 million in his campaign account – a massive amount even by Texas standards – including $10 million raised during the last 12 days of June.
That compares to the $34 million in the bank that the 59-year-old former attorney general and judge had in the bank last January, after raising $9 million in his most-lucrative six-month fundraising period since he took office two years earlier.
In a statement issued by his office, Abbott seemed to signal that the huge haul would ensure a GOP victory in a state that already is the reddest of the red, in a race where Democrats so far have failed to find a well-known challenger. Such a large campaign account will almost certainly discourage any Republicans from thinking about challenging him, as well.
“My campaign is building the largest grass-roots army ever assembled in the Lone Star State, with the goal of keeping Texas the brightest beacon of freedom in the country,” Abbott said. “In the upcoming election, our campaign will be relentless in our efforts to identify and turn out conservatives to keep Texas red.”
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