Staples to report raising $2M in Lt. Gov. race

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Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 12:32 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Todd Staples' campaign says he's raised more than $2 million in the last six month for his bid to become the next lieutenant governor.

Campaign spokesman Bryan Black said Staples has $3.1 million cash-on-hand, with no loans, no debt and no unpaid bills. Staples is currently the agriculture commissioner and is one of three candidates challenging incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Campaigns have started releasing limited campaign fundraising data before Wednesday's official filing deadline. Since campaigning in Texas is so expensive, fundraising totals indicate a campaign's viability ahead of the primary election on March 4.

Fellow candidate Dan Patrick said Monday he's raised $1.7 million with $3 million cash on hand, but did not mention loans or debts in his press release. Neither Dewhurst nor Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has released their numbers.

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