Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke raises $38.1 million

Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke raises $38.1 million

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.

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", the El Paso Democrat said in a statement.

Despite the fundraising haul, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows Cruz with a solid nine-point lead and higher favorability ratings. He'd predicted, correctly as it turns out, that O'Rourke would exceed $30 million for the quarter. Ted Cruz, has for his entire campaign.

O'Rourke's fundraising success has drawn attention nationally, including from Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who is locked in a legal battle with President Trump related to an alleged affair.

O'Rourke grasped the news that his campaign has tripled Cruz in fundraising over the last quarter.

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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.

Early voting for the November 6 mid-term election runs from October 22-Nov.

Others pointed out that O'Rourke's haul topped the $23.5 million that then-Sen.

Weathering the pouring rain at Fort Worth's Marine Park on Friday, O'Rourke stumped in front of supporters and appeared not to falter in the wake of recent polls that suggest his momentum has stalled. "But my money is on the people of Texas".

Cruz and O'Rourke will debate a second time Tuesday in San Antonio. Senator Cruz is leading and likely to win - if not comfortably - because there are a helluva lot more Republicans in Texas than Democrats. Cruz is also benefiting from spending by a number of outside groups that have pumped more than $5 million into the race, most of it to attack O'Rourke.

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