O'Rourke raises record $38M, triples Cruz amid sagging polls

Frederick Owens
October 14, 2018

O'Rourke has consistently raised more than Cruz in the race, but this is the widest gap yet.

O'Rourke, of El Paso, announced his numbers Friday morning, noting that he received more than 800,000 individual contributions to make up the tally that more than triples the $12 million Cruz reported raising in the third quarter.

O'Rourke's report marks the sixth consecutive quarter that O'Rourke has outraised Cruz, the campaign said.

Through the first six months of 2018, O'Rourke had raised $23.6 million and had almost $14 million in cash on hand as November 6 nears.

But O'Rourke's good news comes amid polls that have begun to show him trailing Cruz by about 10 points after closing to within striking distance earlier in the race. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.

His third-quarter tally is a staggering $38.1 million-a record-setting number that eclipses not just Ted Cruz's take, but any previous fundraising records for a Senate candidate in this country.

His totals through September 30 broke quarterly Senate fundraising records for non-self-funded campaigns.

"The people of Texas in all 254 counties are proving that when we reject PACs and come together not as Republicans or Democrats but as Texans and Americans, there's no stopping us", O'Rourke said in a statement Friday. 2 million. His campaign hasn't accepted PAC money.

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"If this Senate race doesn't work out, there's one in #2020 that might be of interest.", tweeted NPR politics editor Domenico Montenaro.

Wilson says the race, which has drawn dominated attention statewide and nationwide due to the chance a Democrat could win a Senate seat in Texas again, might be pulling in money because it will be such a challenge.

Cruz and O'Rourke are set to debate for a second time on Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Ted Cruz a nine-point lead over Congressman Beto O'Rourke in their race for U.S. Senate.

The O'Rourke-Cruz race now stands as the second most expensive Senate contest, with each candidate raising more than $23 million through the second quarter. Ted Cruz and Cruz is now seven points ahead of O'Rourke, according to Real Clear Politics.

Monday is the deadline for each of the candidates to submit detailed information to the Federal Election campaign for their latest fundraising efforts.

It can also buy him more digital advertising, a form of spending that his campaign has invested more money in than any Senate candidate by a wide margin.

Nevertheless, money does make a difference.

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