The El Paso Times picked up the story on how the fundraising for the three-way county judge democratic primary is going HERE.
I'll save you the trouble of clicking
Escobar = roughly $62,000
Apodaca = Roughly $61,000
Holguin = less than half of a Shawver park light display ($7,400 or so)
What does it mean? Not much.
Apodaca got in early and tapped a bunch of the anti-progressive crowd. She then spent that money tyring to keep Holguin and others out of the race and failed. She's got about $15,000 cash on hand.
Escobar was obviously in the race early because she's the sitting county judge. She's got $45,000 left and the potential to bring in more. In 2010, when she mopped the floor with everyone else, she only had $10,000 cash on hand on January 15th. Things look pretty damn good for Escobar at this point.
Holguin has $3,700 cash on hand and it looks like he will probably just maintain that and slide it over to his upcoming race for his old council seat. Both the donors and Holguin know he's done. He's just pretending to campaign to keep his name out there. His campaign is very much a humble carpenter these days.
I don't see a way Apodaca wins after having spent more than half of her money and still having little or no name ID among likely Democratic voters. There's not much time left to fix that problem. Oh, and the math just isn't there as I have stated in the past.
The EP Times article does mention that Apodaca listed her own corporation as having provided an in-kind donation. It's against the rules, but it is not a big deal at all. There's an easy fix. It happens all of the time.
The Times article goes on to make the idiotic assertion that Escobar's filing may be in violation of the law because she attached a spreadsheet listing her donations and expenditures instead of filling out the form. All the reporter would have had to do was 1. call the Texas Ethics Commission and talk to someone or 2. look at Escobar's filing from the last election. She would have found that attaching a spreadsheet is just fine. It's also rather common. To assert that she "might have problems with the Texas Election code," without checking is irresponsible reporting. Reporters are not supposed to be throwing out these types of conjectures. Either it is illegal or it is not mentioned. That's journalism 101 and last time I checked the El Paso Times is not a gutter trash blog like this one. Their standards should be higher.
With that said... Expect KVIA to announce a federal investigation into Escobar's filing and then bring on someone from the Four Names Allala brigade to equate her campaign finance filing to the murder of puppies.
I would suspect that some of the groups who gave to Apodaca early are going to give an apology donation to Escobar now that this race is pretty much over. There's no need to leave the bad blood out there if you know your horse isn't going to win. Better to admit you were wrong and go kiss the ring than fight a battle you can't win for the next four years.