Beto O’Rourke Shatters Campaign Records by Raising $38.1 Million

US Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas

Tom Fox Dallas Morning News Associated Press US Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas

"We have a real race in the state of Texas, the hard left is energized, they are angry, many of them are filled with hatred for President Trump", Cruz said at a debate in Dallas last month.

That $38.1 million fundraising bounty - raised from July 1 to September 30 - is more than Democratic presidential candidates Clinton and Bernie Sanders raised in the third quarter of 2015, when the Democratic presidential primary was raging. Cruz raised $4.6 million in the same period, reporting more than $10 million cash on hand.

No Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1994, and a Quinnipiac University poll released this week found Cruz leading O'Rourke by 9 points, 54% to 45%. It was more than three times the amount raised by Cruz and set a new quarterly fundraising record in a Senate race.

"$38.1 million - that is quite the haul".

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the past three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, Sen.

"People over special interests, people over PACs, people over super PACs, people over corporations, people ensuring that we do the right thing for Texas, for this country at this critical moment".

However, while Mr. O'Rourke's campaign trumpets the fact it doesn't take PAC money, its war chest is flush with money from various groups that have an agenda, according to the Center for Responsive Politics database.

The candidates have until Monday to report their full third-quarter finances to the Federal Election Commission.

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Similarly, Quinnipiac University showed Cruz ahead by 9 points in a poll of 730 likely voters between October 3-9.

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. In one of the most expensive and closely fought races this election cycle, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost in a special election for a House seat in Georgia a year ago to Republican Karen Handel despite a $20 million fundraising advantage.

The new survey published by the New York Times Thursday night has O'Rourke down a surprising 8-points against the incumbent GOP Senator; raising serious questions over the Democratic Party's dream of turning Texas blue. And that usually makes the difference in a midterm election. Money bought ads and organization and the more you had the better your chances.

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