The three declared Republican candidates for Kay Bailey Hutchison's U.S. Senate seat released mid-year campaign finance totals today.
Leppert, a former Dallas mayor, raised $754,000 in the second quarter and added a half million of his own money, bringing his cash on hand, as of the end of June, to $3.4 million. His campaign says more than $3.1 million of that is available for the primary election in March; the rest is contributions toward a possible runoff and for the general election, if he makes it that far, in November 2012.
Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general, raised more than Leppert did, bringing in "nearly $800,000" from donors. He got to the mid-year point with $1.6 million in the bank.
Ames Jones, the current chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, raised $313,000 during the second quarter, and said in a press release that she has raised an additonal $88,000 since July 1. She ended the period with $272,000 in the bank.