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Beto O'Rourke reports enormous fundraising haul - but here's the latest poll

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) is reporting historic fundraising totals, but it's not translating to higher poll numbers against Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (Image Source: YouTube screenshot composite)

The Democratic candidate who is trying to unseat Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is reporting historic fundraising totals, but it has not translated to higher poll numbers.

"Dollars are flooding into Texas from liberals"

According to his most recent filing, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) has hauled in $70 million in campaign donations, making the election the most expensive U.S. Senate election in history.

This is more than double what Cruz has raised, which is $30 million in the same period.

But despite O'Rourke's money advantage, he is lagging behind Cruz in most polls.

In the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, Cruz tops O'Rourke by 6 percentage points. Independents are breaking for the Democrat, but not enough to make up Cruz's advantage among Republicans in the red state.

Democrats have signaled worries over O'Rourke's inability to persuade more Hispanics, a key electorate in in the border state, to his side.

The election has gotten national attention as money has rolled into O'Rourke's campaign from outside Texas in hopes of turning the state blue, but so far Cruz's popularity appears to be overcoming his big money advantage.

"Congressman O'Rourke is the number one Democratic fundraiser in the country," said Cruz about the election. "And tens of millions of dollars are flooding into Texas from liberals across the country."

Here's the latest reporting on the race between O'Rourke and Cruz:

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