WASHINGTON - Houston Democratic congressional hopeful Lizzie Pannill Fletcher has raised about $1.2 million for the 2018 midterm election ahead of the May 22 runoff with Democratic rival Laura Moser, Fletcher’s campaign reported Tuesday.
Moser’s fundraising totals were not immediately available Tuesday, although an aide said the campaign has surpassed the $1 million mark. As of February 14, the end of the last reporting period, she had raised almost $765,000.
Both Democrats are vying for the chance to challenge nine-term Republican incumbent John Culberson in November in western Houston’s Seventh Congressional District, which Hillary Clinton narrowly won in the 2016 presidential election.
Fletcher’s campaign said that about $350,000 of her total has come in since the March 6 primary, in which she was the top vote-getter in a field of seven candidates. Moser came in second, but forced a runoff by holding Fletcher below 50 percent.
Culberson has yet to report his latest fundraising totals. As of the last reporting period he had raised more than $1.1 million.
The election is considered one of the pivotal races in the 2018 battle for control of Congress.