Two Republican women will battle for Texas’ Senate District 24 after securing their place in the May 24 runoff election.
In Tuesday night’s Super Tuesday Texas primary election, Susan King, R-Abilene, a veteran lawmaker and five-term Texas House member, won the night with 32,431 or 27 percent of the vote. She will face Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, an eye surgeon and protege of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Buckingham received 29,501 or 25 percent of the vote.
Neither King nor Buckingham returned the Herald’s calls Tuesday, but a closer look at their campaign finance reports reveals heavy spending in the weeks leading up to the primary election.
King spent about $700,000 on consulting and advertising, mostly in the last two weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary. She now has more than $200,000 cash on hand, according to her campaign finance reports on the Texas Ethics Commission website.
Buckingham spent almost as much: a little less than $600,000 on consulting and advertising in the two weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary. Buckingham has about $15,133 cash on hand, according to her campaign finance reports on the Texas Ethics Commission website.