It look like Ted Cruz may get a serious challenge to maintain his senate seat in the upcoming election. Democrat nominee Beto O'Rourke has out-raised Cruz by almost over double.
Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Texas, raised more than $10.4 million over the past three months, he announced Wednesday, revealing a sum that takes his already massive fundraising to new heights.
And the El Paso congressman again vastly outraised the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz, who took in less than half of his challenger's haul — $4.6 million — at the same time, according to his campaign. O'Rourke also took a decisive lead in cash on hand over Cruz with four months to Election Day, $14 million to $10.4 million.
O'Rourke's latest haul is easily his biggest yet — topping the $6.7 million he raked in during the first quarter, which was far more than Cruz raised for the same period. Cruz's second-quarter fundraising also was his largest yet, though not nearly enough to keep up with O'Rourke's torrid pace.
O'Rourke has now outraised Cruz for every period but one since O'Rourke launched his Senate bid in March 2017.
O'Rourke announced his latest fundraising numbers Wednesday night on Facebook Live, while Cruz's campaign shared his several hours later. Cruz's campaign takes into account three groups when announcing his figures: his re-election campaign, a joint fundraising committee and a leadership PAC. Both candidates face a Sunday deadline to report their full second-quarter finances to the Federal Election Commission.