After announcing his congressional campaign just last week, conservative Chris Putnam is poised to present a serious challenge to U.S. Rep Kay Granger (R–Ft. Worth), with the candidate announcing he has raised over half a million dollars in the first six days of his candidacy.

“I am incredibly proud to announce that since launching my bid for TX-12 just last week, I have raised over $500,000. Voters are excited at the chance to send a real conservative to Congress to represent the 12th District—someone who will stand with President Trump to secure our border, protect innocent life, and restore fiscal sanity in Washington D.C.,” Putnam said in a statement on Thursday.

“Being able to build such a substantial war chest this early shows that we will be able to bring the fight to Kay Granger in March and restore conservative values to the seat. I am grateful to all who have supported us thus far, and look forward to continuing our momentum,” he added.

A former Colleyville city councilman, Putnam is known for implementing major pro-taxpayer initiatives during his time in office, including ethics reform and term limits. It’s a stark contrast to Granger, a 23-year incumbent who has amassed a liberal record during her time in Congress, earning a dismal score of 51 this session on the FreedomWorks Congressional Scorecard.

At home, Granger is currently dealing with a scandal involving her son’s involvement with the Panther Island economic development project, a boondoggle in which nearly $400 million has been spent thus far on the project for 15 years with little progress to show for it.

With Putnam’s fundraising announcement, it appears Granger will be in for a serious race in 2020.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens