Hilderbran’s Burst of Momentum

February 25, 2014

Dramatic change

Today we learned that the Texas Comptroller campaign of Harvey Hilderbran outraised his top opponent, Glenn Hegar (a lawyer and state senator from Katy), in the latest fundraising period and has more cash on hand for the final eight days.

From Jan. 24 – Feb. 22:
Hilderbran raised: $432,000+
Hegar raised: $401,000

As of Feb. 22:
Hilderbran cash on hand: $500,000+
Hegar cash on hand: $303,000

This is a dramatic shift from the last fundraising report.

From Jan. 1 – Jan. 23:
Hilderbran raised: $117,000+
Hegar raised: $261,000

As of Jan. 23:
Hilderbran cash on hand: $1,045,000
Hegar cash on hand: $2,680,000

Glenn Hegar is spending everything he has on a message that is not working.  Hegar has no platform whatsoever (as The Houston Chronicle and Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka have stated) and Harvey Hilderbran is the candidate with the conservative record, the message, the substance, the experience and the platform to win the argument with voters.

Other developments

Harvey Hilderbran has been winning over the most respected and largest trade associations in Texas over the past three weeks (partial list):

Texas Oil and Gas Association (Texas Oil and Gas PAC)
Texas Medical Association (TEXPAC)
Texas Association of Business (BACPAC)
Texas Hospital Association (HOSPAC)

After substantive interviews, Harvey Hilderbran has won more newspaper endorsements than any other statewide candidate, which matter more in down ballot races.  To date, he has won the endorsement of:

The Houston Chronicle, The San Antonio Express-News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Austin American-Statesman, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, The Corpus Christi Times, The Beaumont Enterprise, The Bryan Eagle, the Lufkin Daily News, the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, and The Kerrville Daily Times.

Summary: Harvey has all of the momentum in this race.