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Texas: Edwards, Flores Both Rake in $600,000 in 2nd Quarter

Rep. Chet Edwards and Republican businessman Bill Flores raised roughly the same amount in the second quarter, although the Texas Democrat has a wide cash-on-hand advantage with four months to go before the November election.

Edwards’ campaign announced Thursday that he raised nearly $610,000 in the second quarter and began July with more than $2 million in the bank.

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Flores raised $613,000 in the quarter, leaving him with $415,000 in cash on hand after winning an April runoff.

The Edwards’ campaign also released a confident “state of the race” memo Thursday attacking Flores, a first-time candidate who defeated 2008 nominee Rob Curnock in the runoff.

“Since Flores left his position as a Houston oil executive just seven months ago, he has made misstep after misstep and is quickly losing credibility with the voters of our district,” Edwards campaign manager Alex Youn wrote in the update.

The memo cited Flores’ statements that he voted for Curnock in 2008 and then later admitted he didn’t vote at all in the general election. It accused Flores of running a highly negative campaign and called into question Flores’ reactions to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to Edwards’ involvement in trying to keep Texas A&M University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Big 12 Conference.

The only poll released in the race was a survey of 400 likely voters conducted May 2-3 by OnMessage Inc. for the Flores campaign. It showed the Republican with a lead of 53 percent to 41 percent.

In 2008, Curnock held Edwards, a perennial target for the GOP, to 53 percent of the vote.

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