Branch campaign for AG reports raising $1.9M


   AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State Representative Dan Branch says he has raised $1.9 million in the last six months for his campaign to become the next Texas attorney general.

   The Dallas Republican announced Thursday that his campaign has $4.9 million in cash on hand. Branch's campaign manager Enrique Marquez said the campaign has not taken any loans.

   Branch is running against Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman and state Senator Ken Paxton in the Republican primary on March 4th. Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for governor.

   Neither Smitherman nor Paxton have released fundraising totals, which are due to the Texas Ethics Commission on January 15th.

   The campaign did not release information about the number or donors to the campaign, or the average size of the donations. Texas has no limit on campaign contributions.

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