Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was significantly out-raised by his Republican challenger for November’s general election, Lauren Davis, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.
From February 20 to June 30, Jenkins pulled in just over $59,000 in total contributions, far less than Davis’ more-than-$440,000 raised.
Jenkins also spent far less in the race during the filing period, with over $57,000 in expenditures, compared to Davis’ expenses of just over $119,000.
In total, Davis has raised over $500,000 during the first and second quarter filing periods. That is considerably more than Jenkins has previously raised over the same time frame during his prior election years.
In 2010, Jenkins raised over $205,000 in the first and second quarters. In 2014, it was around $105,000; in 2018, his first and second quarter combined total was nearly $169,000.
Jenkins still has a sizable advantage regarding cash on hand, with over $580,000 in his bank account compared to Davis’ over $236,000.
The Davis campaign says that despite there being no polling available in the race, they are confident that their impressive fundraising haul shows they have momentum in the race and that they are poised to end Jenkins’ 11-year run as county judge.
“Small and big donors in Dallas County are lining up behind Davis 4 Dallas because they are fed up with politicians like Clay Jenkins who want to dictate how they live their lives instead of focusing on his actual job of repairing our failing jail system, effectively dealing with growing homelessness and crime, and cutting bureaucratic red tape to make Dallas more business-friendly, and the list goes on,” Davis told The Dallas Express.
“People across the nation are realizing that their leaders are failing,” Davis added. “Perhaps more importantly, they realize how valuable their freedom is and they are willing to open up their pocketbooks and fight for it.”
The Jenkins’ campaign did not respond to requests for comment from The Dallas Express.
Election day for the general election is November 8, with early voting set to take place from October 24 to November 4. The last day to register to vote for the general election is October 11, and the last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 28.