The campaign of Texas Democratic Senate candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke on Friday said it had raised $38.1 million in the past three months, bringing his fundraising total to nearly $62 million — an enormous haul going into the final stretch of the midterm elections.
Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz reported raising $12 million over the past three months, bringing his total for 2017 and 2018 to about $28 million. Cruz maintains a lead over O’Rourke in recent polls, with a new Quinnipiac University poll finding Cruz ahead of O’Rourke by nine percentage points.
Still, in a video to supporters Friday, O’Rourke touted his fundraising as a sign of the strong support he has from Texas voters, who have not elected a Democrat to the Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.
“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.
O’Rourke’s campaign shared limited information from the third-quarter fundraising report, which will be filed with the Federal Election Commission and made public on Monday.
O’Rourke said the contributions came from about 802,000 donors, with an average donation of about $47.
The campaign said more than half the money raised in the third quarter came from people in Texas, butdid not say how many donors were in-state and it did not offer details on how much cash it had left on hand.
Cruz’s campaign said last week that the $12 million from the third quarter brought the Republican’s total for 2017 and 2018 to about $28 million. His campaign said at the time that that was the largest quarterly total ever for a Texas Senate race, but Cruz said he expected O’Rourke to bring in $30 million for the quarter.