Democrat outraises Ted Cruz in Texas Senate race so far in 2018
BY JOSH DELK - 02/24/18 09:46 AM EST
A Democratic candidate has outraised Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) so far in 2018, posing a possible challenge for the well-known Republican firebrand in the upcoming midterm elections. El Paso Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign raised $2.3 million in the first six weeks of the year, federal filings show, topping Cruz's $800,000 over the same period.
"This is serious," the Cruz campaign told its donors in a message after the O'Rourke campaign reached the $2 million mark after just 45 days of fundraising in 2018, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Cruz, a former 2016 GOP presidential contender, remains on top in cash on hand, with $6 million compared to O'Rourke's $4.9 million total.
Cruz has also outspent the Democrat in the opening volley before the March 6 primaries, spending nearly $1.2 million compared to the $2 million spent by O'Rourke so far in 2018.
O'Rourke is gaining momentum in the race, and has surpassed Cruz in fundraising for the last three of four reporting periods for campaign finances, the outlet reported.
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politic ... g-haul-lotTed Cruz trails Senate challenger Beto O'Rourke in six-week fundraising haul. By a lot.
17 HRS AGO Updated at 9:30 p.m. with comment from Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier.
WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's fundraising lagged far behind his top Democratic challenger during the first six weeks of 2018, a new federal campaign filing shows. Cruz raised $800,000 through Feb. 14. That’s well below El Paso Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s $2.3 million haul, according to the most recent federal report. The Republican also spent more than he raised — nearly $1.2 million, while O’Rourke burned through roughly $2 million in his bid to unseat the powerhouse incumbent.
Both face nominal competition in March 6 primaries and most nonpartisan handicappers view Cruz as the heavy favorite in his Senate re-election bid this fall. Though he trailed O'Rourke in this fundraising period, Cruz maintains the cash advantage heading into the primary election and closed the six-week period with about $6 million in his coffers, compared to O’Rourke’s $4.9 million. The finance report is required ahead of the upcoming primary.
O’Rourke — who has disavowed aid from political action committees — said in a prepared statement: "The grassroots momentum of our people-powered campaign has shown its full force across the state in the first 45 days of 2018, and it will continue to do so as Texans prove they're more than a match for the PACs and special interests."
For months, the Cruz campaign largely ignored O'Rourke. But on Friday, a Cruz spokeswoman weighed in and highlighted a recent Houston Democratic fundraiser featuring O'Rourke and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The challenger's website:
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Complex election dates: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/v ... ates.shtml