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TX-Sen: O'Rourke pulls in record amount of $38M in contributions but Cruz has 9-point lead

Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke addressed supporters during a campaign rally at White Oak Music Hall on Oct. 8 in Houston. (Loren Elliott/Getty Images)

Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke (D) pulled in $38.1 million in campaign contributions in three months.

His July to September haul from 802,836 individual contributions is a record for the most money collected in a single quarter by any U.S. Senate candidate, according to the El Paso Times.

O'Rourke's efforts during the three-month period more than tripled that of Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, who brought in about $12 million during the same period.

“It’s going to give us the resources we need to finish this campaign as strong as we possibly can and it’s more than three times the amount Ted Cruz raised, not just in his campaign, but all the affiliated political action committees that are contributing to his campaign,” O’Rourke said in a video shared on social media Friday.

How much has each of the candidates raised in total?

Since O'Rourke launched his 2018 Senate campaign, he has pulled in about $61. 2 million. His campaign hasn't accepted PAC money.

But the candidate has used ActBlue, a Democratic online fundraising tool that collects donations as small as $1 from his supporters.

By comparison, Cruz has raised about $24.9 million from individual donations and PACs for his re-election campaign, according to reports.

Cruz told the Dallas Morning News on a recent campaign stop that his efforts are a "sign that conservatives all over the state of Texas are stepping forward and engaging in this fight."

The closely watched Texas race is the costliest Senate contest in the nation, the News reported.

Who's leading in the polls?

While O'Rourke has bought in more cash, Cruz has gained momentum in the polls.

The New York Times/Sienna College poll showed Cruz with an 8-point lead in a survey of 800 likely voters taken between Oct. 8-11.

Similarly, Quinnipiac University showed Cruz ahead by 9 points in a poll of 730 likely voters between Oct. 3-9.

Polls that were taken by CBS News./YouGov and Emerson College earlier this month showed slimmer leads at 6- and 5-points, respectively.

What else?

Monday is the deadline for each of the candidates to submit detailed information to the Federal Election campaign for their latest fundraising efforts.

The candidates are scheduled to square off in their second debate on Tuesday night in San Antonio.

One last thing…
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