Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) raised greater than $38 million within the third quarter of the yr, a surprising quantity that may rival a robust presidential marketing campaign.
O’Rourke mentioned in a video posted to Twitter on Friday that the cash got here from greater than 800,000 contributions. O’Rourke has pledged to not take cash from political motion committees in his bid for U.S. Senate.
“It’s going to provide us the assets we have to end this marketing campaign as sturdy as we probably can,” O’Rourke mentioned. “We’re doing one thing completely historic.”
O’Rourke’s haul is greater than thrice bigger than the $12 million raised by his opponent, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzElection Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas Senate leaders strike deal on 15 judicial nominees, setting up early recess Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters for midterms MORE (R), over the identical three-month span.
Nonetheless, O’Rourke stays a definite underdog towards Cruz in a state by which no Democrat has received a statewide workplace since 1994.
4 current polls, all performed for the reason that starting of final week, present Cruz main by the mid-to-high single digits. Three of these surveys — from Siena College, Quinnipiac and YouGov — present Cruz north of 50 p.c.
O’Rourke, a star amongst Democrats hungry to take out Cruz, has not led a single public ballot throughout the race.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls exhibits Cruz with a 7-point lead.