O’Rourke nets fundrais­ing haul

3 months, $38.1 mil­lion for Texas Demo­crat

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION & WORLD - BY ROBERT MOORE AND MICHELLE YE HEE LEE

The cam­paign of Texas Demo­cratic Sen­ate can­di­date Beto O’Rourke on Fri­day said it had raised $38.1 mil­lion in the past three months, bring­ing his to­tal to nearly $62 mil­lion — an enor­mous haul that makes him one of the most suc­cess­ful fundrais­ers in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.

The three-term con­gress­man far out­stripped Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Sen. Ted Cruz, who re­ported rais­ing $12 mil­lion over the past three months, bring­ing his to­tal for 2017 and 2018 to about $28 mil­lion.

Nev­er­the­less, Cruz main­tains a lead over O’Rourke in re­cent polls, with a new Quin­nip­iac Uni­ver­sity poll find­ing Cruz ahead by nine per­cent­age points.

The cas­cade of cash pro­pelled O’Rourke past some of the big­gest fundrais­ers on the na­tional level, in­clud­ing then-Sen. Hil­lary Clin­ton of New York, who broke records when she raised nearly $52 mil­lion for her 2006 re­elec­tion.

The money O’Rourke re­port­edly raised from July through Septem­ber shat­tered the pre­vi­ous record for a Sen­ate can­di­date set by New York Repub­li­can Rick Lazio, who raised $22 mil­lion in one quar­ter dur­ing his un­suc­cess­ful 2000 run against Clin­ton, ac­cord­ing to the non­par­ti­san Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics.

O’Rourke’s nearly $62 mil­lion haul ex­ceeds the amounts raised by 2016 pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates such as for­mer Flor­ida gover­nor Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Ru­bio of Flor­ida, then-New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie and for­mer Mary­land gover­nor Martin O’Mal­ley.

In a video to sup­port­ers Fri­day, O’Rourke touted his fundrais­ing as a sign of the strong sup­port he has from Texas vot­ers, who have not elected a Demo­crat to the Sen­ate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.

“We’re do­ing some­thing ab­so­lutely his­toric ... ,” O’Rourke said in a Face­book video mes­sage.

Beto O’Rourke

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