Beto O'Rourke smashes quarterly fundraising record with $38 million haul

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

Drawing $38.1 million from over 800,000 donors, O'Rourke raised more than three times what Cruz did, despite the incumbent's lead in the polls. Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, noted that the candidate raised $3 million more in the last three months than her organization budgeted for the entire 2018 election cycle.

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. 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.

The O'Rourke campaign, which has rejected PAC money, announced that the $38.1 million haul was "powered by 802,836 individual contributions", and said that the "majority of the fundraising c [ame] from Texas". A New York Times/Siena College poll released on Friday showed Cruz with an 8 percentage point lead over O'Rourke. "This is a historic campaign of people: all people, all the time, everywhere, every single day - that's how we're going to win this election and do something incredible for Texas and our country at this critical moment".

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O'Rourke's efforts to get out the Democratic message will be offset by the combined heavy spending of Republicans Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has begun running statewide ads, Jillson said. Ted Cruz (all times local): 4:20 p.m. No PACs, no special interests, no corporations. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who raised $12.1 million in a quarter in 2012.

The candidates have until Monday to submit their third-quarter campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission. (That number is the exact capacity of Texas A&M's Kyle Field, the largest stadium in Texas-perhaps a response to Trump's vow in August to hold a rally for Ted Cruz in "the biggest stadium we can find.") Those doors can be knocked on and those calls can be made by volunteers, but also by paid staff hired out of those record fundraising dollars.

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