In all of his years of running for state office, Gov. Greg Abbott has never had a competitive primary challenger.
For the 2022 Republican primary, however, he has three.
On Monday, former State Sen. Don Huffines announced that he has raised more than $12 million, which is more than all of Abbott’s previous primary challengers combined, according to the Huffines campaign.
“Grassroots Texans across the state are hungry for leadership and a conservative Republican who will actually secure the Texas Border, stop vaccine mandates, and restore confidence in our elections,” said Huffines. “Thousands of Texans have joined my campaign already, and more are joining each day. We are going to give Greg Abbott the retirement party he deserves and make Texas the lighthouse of liberty once again.”
Abbott, meanwhile, last reported $55 million in cash on hand last July, when reports were last due.
Other Republican primary opponents—including former Texas GOP Chair Allen West and media personality Chad Prather—have not yet released their updated fundraising totals.
Meanwhile, Abbott’s campaign fundraising trail includes California, where West Coast Republican donors can pay thousands for a seat at the table.
Early voting in the Republican primary election begins on February 14. Election Day is March 1.