Beto O’Rourke Just Set An All-Time Fundraising Record In Bid To Unseat Ted Cruz

Rep. Beto O'Rourke at a tent encampment of immigrant children
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Beto O’Rourke is determined to come out on top in his battle this fall against Ted Cruz in Texas and the senatorial candidate has set amazing fundraising records as people join him in his quest. New reports indicate that the candidate’s third-quarter fundraising totals amount to the highest totals for any Senate candidate ever and those who love him are determined to see him prevail in November.

The Daily Beast indicates that Beto O’Rourke’s record fundraising haul came from 800,000 individual contributors. His campaign brought in more than $38 million during the third quarter compared to $12 million for Ted Cruz in the same timeframe. The Texas Tribune notes that O’Rourke has consistently raised more money than Cruz throughout this campaign, but this is the most significant gap between the candidates so far.

O’Rourke’s haul makes it the highest amount any Senate candidate has ever raised in a quarter. The previous leader was Republican Rick Lazio, who brought in $22 million as he battled Hillary Clinton for the New York Senate seat in 2000.

Beto’s campaign has stayed away from PAC money as well as corporate and special interest donations and he’s garnered nationwide attention and financial support. O’Rourke reportedly brought in more than $6 million via online donations in just the last few days of September and given how tight this battle is, it’s likely that he’ll continue to bring in monster donations up until election day.

While O’Rourke has hammered the point that he is relying on individual donors to fund his race, Cruz is leaning on a handful of resources to fund his reelection campaign. Not only does he have his own campaign funds, but there is a leadership PAC involved as well. In addition, reports detail that numerous outside groups have thrown more than $5 million his way.

Will this massive quarter of fundraising push O’Rourke forward enough to topple Cruz? While millions across America have fallen in love with Beto, he still has his work cut out for him. If he wins, he’ll be the first Democrat to win a statewide office since 1994.

O’Rourke has visited every county in Texas and has drawn numerous comparisons to former President Barack Obama. However, he’s still trailing in the polls. FiveThirtyEight shows that he trails Cruz in every significant poll done so far in October, with results varying from four to nine points between the two candidates.

Will Beto O’Rourke’s massive third-quarter fundraising total provide the final push this Democrat needs to beat Ted Cruz in November? There are many hotly-contested Senate races playing out this fall and millions of people are rooting for Beto to beat Cruz in this battle.