Texas lawmaker: GOP facing funding disadvantage

Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresOvernight Energy: GOP lawmaker parodies Green New Deal in new bill | House Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through climate bill | Park Service chief grilled over shutdown House Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through climate bill Seven Republicans vote against naming post office after ex-Rep. Louise Slaughter MORE (R-Texas) is warning that Republicans are facing a funding disadvantage in congressional races across Texas.

Flores told Hill.TV co-host Buck Sexton in an interview that aired Wednesday that Democrats and progressives in the state are outraising Republicans, despite a record amount of fundraising within the Texas GOP.

“One of the big challenges we have is that even though we as Republicans and conservatives are raising record amounts of money, we’re being really outraised by the left and by the Democrats,” Flores said.

“So we do have a resource disadvantage that we’re going to work our way through,” he added. 

Flores represents the 17th Congressional District in Texas, which is one of the most Republican-leaning districts not only in the state but also the country. It ranks as the 112th-most Republican district nationally, according to the 2018 Cook Partisan Voter Index.

Democrats and progressive groups aren’t just outraising conservatives in Texas House races — a similar trend appears to be happening in Senate races in the state as well.

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised a whopping $10.4 million from April to June this year, which placed him second among the top fundraisers this election season. Incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGoogle official denies allegations of ties to China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book MORE (R) meanwhile raised $4 million during the same period.

But Cruz and O'Rourke are still neck and neck — both in the polls and when it comes to campaign financing.

The latest polls show Cruz maintains a single-digit lead against O'Rourke with less than a month to go until Election Day on Nov. 6. 

O’Rourke has raised $23.33 million compared with Cruz’s $23.36 million so far, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Texas senate race has been one of the most watched races this year. A Democrat hasn't been elected to a statewide office in the state in more than two decades.

— Tess Bonn