By the numbers: Comparing Texas' 23rd congressional district candidates

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October 15, 2012

By Maresa Strano


AUSTIN, Texas: The 23rd Congressional District election in Texas is the only competitive congressional race in Texas in 2012 according to race projections published by The New York Times and The Cook Political Report, which rated it as leaning Republican, and Republican toss-up, respectively.[1][2] First elected in 2010, incumbent Francisco Canseco (R) will face three challengers in the general election: Pete Gallego (D), Jeffrey Blunt (L) and Ed Scharf (G). The swing district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census in a fashion that redistricting analysis indicates will help Canseco with re-election in November.[3][4]

Gallego has served in the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 74, since 1991. He won the Democratic party's nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in a primary runoff election on July 31st, while Canseco ran unopposed in his party's primary. Republican party operatives had concerns early on about Canseco's lackluster fundraising record, however Gallego's expensive primary battles left his campaign coffer in poor shape in comparison with Canesco's as of the last campaign finance report deadline.[5]

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. The charts below offer a breakdown of the two major party candidate's finances as of July and will be updated to reflect the latest report, due October 15th, as the forms become available to the public online.

Francisco Canseco (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 15, 2012$559,497.92$385,038.37$(143,123.19)$801,413.10
Pre-Primary[7]May 17, 2012$801,413.10$112,810.62$(143,554.88)$770,668.84
July Quarterly[8]July 15, 2012$770,668.84$316,136.00$(53,549.07)$1,033,255.77
October Quarterly[9]October 15, 2012$1,033,258.81$546,628.84$(484,808.46)$1,095,079.19
Running totals
Pete Gallego Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]October 15, 2012$127,117.27$302,172.50$(147,906.19)$281,383.58
Pre-Primary[11]May 17, 2012$281,383.58$65,526.58$(263,523.04)$83,387.12
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$83,387.12$183,566.82$(153,287.80)$113,666.14
Pre-Run-Off[13]July 19, 2012$113,666.14$4,846.00$(111,461.22)$7,050.92
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2012$7,050.92$503,064.78$(395,239.47)$114,876.23
Running totals

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