FORT WORTH — National, state and local political interest in the campaign for state Senate District 10 is forcing escalated spending on television, mailings and phone banks to voters that is certain to top $3 million.
The fight pits Republican incumbent Kim Brimer against Democratic challenger Wendy Davis, a former Fort Worth City Council member, and Libertarian Richard Cross, an accountant who has not actively campaigned other than to attend one candidate forum.
Campaign consultants involved in the race acknowledge that the spending has surpassed any previous local race, but the cost was expected, as state party officials view the seat as vital for long-term control of the Texas Senate, where Republicans hold a 19-11 edge.
The race is drawing attention because of the strengths of both major-party candidates and the Democrats’ desire to regain control of the state Senate, and because of redistricting in 2011, said Jim Riddlesperger, a political science professor at Texas Christian University.
"The Dems can’t flip the Senate this time around. They have to hope to take two or three seats this election cycle so they are in a position to regain control in another two years," Riddlesperger said.
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