Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick, who are facing off in a fiery race for lieutenant governor, have both raised about $1 million since the end of May — with Van de Putte slightly outraising Patrick, according to fundraising numbers released by both campaigns.
Since defeating incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a May 28 runoff, Patrick has raised $1 million. Van de Putte, who ran unopposed, raised about $1.2 million in the same time period. Four months ahead of the general election, Van de Putte reported $1 million in cash on hand. The Patrick campaign has not yet released a total figure for what it has in the bank.
The two campaigns released some fundraising totals ahead of the Texas Ethics Commission’s Tuesday deadline for reports covering fundraising activity and expenditures through June 30. The reports were not immediately available.
Patrick raised $2.2 million during a crowded, four-way primary election, and $4.5 million during his runoff against Dewhurst. His overall haul so far — $7.8 million since last summer — dwarfs his Democratic opponent's. Since announcing her candidacy in late November, Van de Putte has raised almost $2.3 million.
The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll showed Patrick leading Van de Putte by 15 points. Patrick had the support of 41 percent of voters surveyed while Van de Putte took 26 percent, with 23 percent of voters still undecided.
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/15/van-de-putte-slightly-outraises-patrick-runoff/.