O'Rourke raises $38.1M, triples Cruz despite sagging polls

The fundraising total is a record in U.S. Senate races

Beto O'Rourke smashes record, raises $38.1 million in three months

In the second quarter, more than 47 percent of O'Rourke's individual contributions came from women - significantly higher than the 38 percent average for male Senate primary winners. They had no comment but referred back to their statement on October 4 when Cruz told supporters in Plano, Texas, "I think it is very likely Beto O'Rourke is going to receive a quarter north of $30 million".

Through the first half of 2018, O'Rourke had already raised an impressive $23.6 million for the cycle and had almost $14 million in cash on hand for the campaign's home stretch. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.

In their latest exciting moral victory, Democrats have now dropped $38.1 million on failing Texas senatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, bringing his grand total to $61.2 million in a race he now trails by seven points, according to the RealClearPolitics poll average.

The haul smashed previous records for a U.S. Senate contest, and assures that the hard fought race, already the nation's costliest, remains on top of the 2018 list. 2 million. His campaign hasn't accepted PAC money. (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.

"We are doing something absolutely historic, not just insuring that we have the resources to run and to win but to make sure that once again our democracy is powered by people and only people", he said. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who raised $12.1 million in a quarter in 2012.

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The candidates have until Monday to submit their third-quarter campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission.

While O'Rourke has bought in more cash, Cruz has gained momentum in the polls. In a poll conducted on Thursday by The New York Times' Upshot newsletter and Siena College, Cruz was ahead of O'Rourke 51 percent to 43 percent.

O'Rourke is now running for a Texas Senate seat against Republican incumbent Sen.

Spending on presidential, congressional and local election campaigns has been steadily rising in the United States in recent years, partly as a result of unlimited spending by outside groups.The Center for Responsive Politics expects this election cycle to set a new fundraising and spending record. CNN rates the race as lean Republican.

Nevertheless, money does make a difference.

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