Texans often take pride in the overused cliché, “everything’s bigger in Texas,” but sometimes it’s just the truth; now that saying applies to the amount of money raised — and spent — on the Senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz (R) and his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.
The two candidates have amassed $46.9 million and they have well-outraised every other Senate race in the nation by nearly $7 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. CRP tracks political fundraising and spending.
The Massachusetts and Ohio Senate races come in second and third, respectively, at $38.5 million and $36.4 million.
Totals do not include Super PACs which can raise money and spend in unlimited amounts to support or oppose candidates indirectly.
So, who raised how much?
As of June 30, Cruz had raised $23,365,836, and his opponent had raised $23,332,950.
However, Cruz has outspent O’Rourke so far heading into the final stretch before the midterms.
O’Rourke has just under $14 million in cash on hand, and Cruz is sitting on about $9.3 million.
Which are the five most expensive U.S. Senate races?
- Texas at $46.9 million
- Massachusetts at $38.5 million
- Ohio at $36.4 million
- Pennsylvania at $22.3 million
- Missouri at $22 million
Who’s leading the race?
Despite O’Rourke’s grassroots efforts, Texas is a red state and Cruz is still favored to win the race.
A survey earlier this month showed Cruz with a 9-point lead over O’Rourke with a 4-point margin of error. Gravis, a nonpartisan marketing firm, surveyed 602 likely voters between July 3-7.