O'Rourke raises record $38M, triples Cruz amid sagging polls
15 October, 2018, 20:30 | Author: Sheila Harris
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.
"I think his campaign said it's a record for any U.S. Senate candidate to raise in a single quarter", Samuels says. That's more than three times the amount brought in by incumbent Sen. Neither campaign has yet announced their cash-on-hand total at the end of the third quarter, though O'Rourke led Cruz by over $4 million at the end of the second quarter.
Cruz told the Dallas Morning News on a recent campaign stop that his efforts are a "sign that conservatives all over the state of Texas are stepping forward and engaging in this fight".
O'Rourke has refused to go negative, instead recently recording a 30-second TV spot in real-time - including doing multiple takes - on Facebook live.
O'Rourke, a first-term congressman from El Paso, thanked his more than 800,000 donors in a Twitter video, saying: "It's going to give us the resources we need to finish this campaign as strong as we possibly can". It's the most ever raised in a quarter by a US Senate campaign. Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, which raised $25.5 million in the lead up to the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, and is more than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush raised during his entire 2016 presidential campaign.
Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the upstart Democratic challenger to Texas GOP Sen.
The total is more than three times the roughly $12 million Cruz has said he raised during the quarter for the final stretch of campaigning before the November 6 election and is all but certain to make O'Rourke the top fundraiser for the quarter among all Democratic congressional candidates. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who raised $12.1 million in a quarter in 2012. Congressional candidates must report their third-quarter fundraising and spending to the Federal Election Commission on Monday. The latest poll from Quinnipiac University has Cruz leading O'Rourke 54-45. Adjusted for inflation, that would be worth $31 million in 2018 dollars, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Money bought ads and organization and the more you had the better your chances. And that usually makes the difference in a midterm election.
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