Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (File)
AUSTIN (July 15, 2013)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry said Monday he raised $417,000 during the last two weeks of June and now has $1.3 million in cash-on-hand for his campaign for lieutenant governor.
Patterson is in a crowded field in the Republican primary race for the post that includes Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples and state state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.
Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst also says he's seeking re-election.
Texas officeholders can't raise funds until 20 days after the end of the regular legislative session, which concluded May 27.
On Monday Patterson called his haul between June 17-30 "pretty strong for 13 days of work,” but said such a crowded field likely means a separate runoff election between the top-two primary finishers.
Patterson said he'll likely need $3 million more to make it that far.