Former Rep. Nick Lampson outraised his Republican opponent in the third quarter and has about $422,000 in cash on hand in the race for Texas' 14th district.
What is not clear is what has been happening since the reports were filed on Sept. 30. Lampson’s burn rate since then is not apparent, and a spokeswoman for the Weber campaign said that their fundraising has “picked up in the last couple of weeks.”
“Everyday we’re getting money in,” Weber campaign spokeswoman Courtney Weaver said. “I’m confident and the campaign is confident that we’ll have the resources to win.”
“People are seeing the urgency,” she added.
The fear is not so much that Weber will flat lose the race, but that national Republican groups will have to spend money here to keep Weber in the game.
“I think it’s a problem for the [National Republican Congressional Committee] because it means they’ll have to spend money here and divert resources from races that are more competitive,” another Texas GOP strategist said.
Without a wave to give candidates such as Weber cover, Republicans are competing in safe Democratic seats and Democrats are competing in places such as Texas’ 14th. Lampson is the latest proof of the neutral environment political mantra: Candidates matter.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.