O’Rourke’s fundraising {triples Cruz’s} in Texas Senate race

Clay Curtis
October 14, 2018

O'Rourke was in North Texas Thursday where he downplayed the results of the poll.

It's that kind of haul, which has brought a quarter of a million dollars, that leads Mr. Cruz to attack Mr. O'Rourke as the darling of the fashionable left-wing and coastal liberals. O'Rourke is a rising Democratic Party star who's drawn national attention to his campaign, and money has poured into the Texas race as party donors look for ways to channel their anger with President Donald Trump. A $12 million take would have set a new record in a Senate race in Texas, except that O'Rourke just tripled it.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Texas Democrat challenging Sen.

While O'Rourke has outraised Cruz all year, his latest numbers shocked politicos and Democratic operatives. In a press release announcing the haul, O'Rourke's campaign said that they're launching a "weekend of action" in which they intend to knock on 102,733 doors and make 102,733 phone calls.

The campaign of Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke on Friday said it had raised $38.1 million in the past three months, bringing his total to almost $62 million - an enormous haul that makes him one of the most successful fundraisers in American politics. Those two sectors have accounted for more than $2.5 million in the 2018 cycle. Barack Obama raised in the quarter leading up to the 2008 Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries - and it also exceeded the amount former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush raised for his entire 2016 presidential bid. The campaign can use the money to stake into the ground more of the "Beto for Senate" signs that have become ubiquitous in certain parts of the state.

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But the candidate has used ActBlue, a Democratic online fundraising tool that collects donations as small as $1 from his supporters.

These fundraising numbers come on the tail of a new Quinnipiac University poll showing that Cruz holds a 9 percentage point lead over O'Rourke.

"We're doing something absolutely historic - not just ensuring we have the resources to run and to win, but to make sure that democracy once again is powered by people and only people", O'Rourke said in a Facebook video message.

Full financial disclosures aren't due until next week, and neither O'Rourke nor Cruz has announced how much their campaign war chests are worth with the November 6 election looming.

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

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