In the days leading up to Tuesday's primary, Texas residents felt like they were drowning. They were hit with a barrage of telephone calls and an onslaught of direct mailers encouraging voters to make the right choice.
Residents of District 59 were not spared in the effort to capture the majority vote as challenger J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) worked to gain the Republican nomination over six-term incumbent Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) .
The two candidates will fight to represent District 59 in the July 31 runoff, and work in the weeks to capture the votes lost to a third candidate, Mike Jones (R- Glen Rose) who captured 16 percent of the vote. The effort will likely add up to more mailers, phone calls and campaign signage across the district.
Research and consulting firms, television, radio and print advertisements, dues and donations added up to a great expense for Miller.
According to a May 21 campaign finance report filed eight days prior to election day and reflective of April 20-May 19 finances, the Miller campaign spent more than $171,000.
Consulting firm Todd Smith & Associates, which assisted the campaign with advertisements and telephone and mailer programs, collected more than $136,000 from May 10-18.
But the campaign isn't all about expense. During the same period, the campaign collected almost $55,000 and had maintained almost $48,000.
The reports also show contributions continued to pour in from individual contributors, political action committees (PAC) and other organizations just days prior to the election. On May 24 and 25, the campaign reportedly collected more than $28,000. Miller reported the last minute contributions, including a $5,000 contribution from the Chichasaw Nation in Ada, Okla. and major contributions from pharmaceutical, business and industry PACs as well as individuals in Erath, Travis and Hamilton counties.
According to the Texas Ethics Commission, Sheffield reported contributions of more than $31,000 one month prior to Tuesday's primary election and also reported about $29,000 in expenses while maintaining only $1,583 since the previous report and an outstanding loan of $50,000.
On May 21, his campaign reported contributions of a little less than $41,000 and about $60,000 in expenses. The $50,000 also remained outstanding.
In the month leading up to the primary, Sheffield's expenses included payments to a consulting firm and reported expenses related to other voter contact, newspaper and radio advertisements.
In Coryell County, which Miller said is home to a more liberal-minded voter base, Sheffield dominated the race by garnering 64.04 percent or 3,195 of the almost 5,000 votes cast in the race whereas Miller took 30.22 percent.
Sheffield is the medical director at Coryell Medical Center and former chief of staff at Coryell Memorial Hospital.
Sheffield also dominated in Hamilton County where 1,811 voters weighed in on the race with 48.31 percent favoring him.
District 59 includes Erath, Comanche, Coryell, Hamilton, Mills and Somervell counties.
Miller dominated in Erath with 53.77 percent of the vote; in Comanche with 48.69 percent and Mills with 54.13 percent.
He said he will work to take back Somervell and fight to regain Hamilton.
But no matter who comes out on top in the primary race, the fight for 59 s still not over.
A second Erath County candidate, Bill Norris (D-Dublin), will face off against the Republican nominee on Nov. 6