Lloyd Doggett and Joaquín Castro slugged it out in the first test of their fundraising muscle, with Doggett drawing much of his support from attorneys and unions, and Castro dominating the San Antonio business community. Doggett, a veteran Austin congressman, and Castro, the up-and-coming San Antonio state representative, are vying for the Democratic nomination in the newly created 35th Congressional district, which extends from Austin down to San Antonio.
Castro entered the District 35 race just a week before the third-quarter fundraising cycle began on July 1, and he brought in $511,660, including a $40,000 loan to his own campaign, according to a newly released campaign finance report. Doggett received $372,683, but because he had a head start on Castro, he’s been able to bring in $666,455 this year, and his campaign has more than $3.3 million in the bank. Castro has more than $389,000 in available cash.