Beto O'Rourke Blows Up Quarterly Fundraising Record for U.S. Senate Races

click to enlarge Beto O'Rourke poses for a photo after a San Antonio town hall. - SANFORD NOWLIN
Sanford Nowlin
Beto O'Rourke poses for a photo after a San Antonio town hall.
Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke may be lagging in the polls, but it hasn't stopped him from raising a record pile of campaign cash.

The O'Rourke campaign announced Friday an unprecedented third-quarter intake of $38.1 million to fuel its attempted takedown of Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz. That's the largest quarterly haul in history for a U.S. Senate campaign, according to CNN.

Not to say that Cruz's campaign had a shabby third quarter. It raised $12 million from July through September.

“The people of Texas in all 254 counties are proving that when we reject PACs and come together not as Republicans or Democrats but as Texans and Americans, there’s no stopping us,” O’Rourke said in a prepared statement. “This is a historic campaign of people: all people, all the time, everywhere, every single day — that’s how we’re going to win this election and do something incredible for Texas and our country at this critical moment.”

O'Rourke, who's eschewed money from corporate or labor PACs, said the money came from 800,000 individual contributions. Still, outside groups have thrown $236,790 in support his way, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Despite the fundraising victory, O'Rourke remains the underdog, and Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office in more than two decades. A recent Quinnipiac University poll places Cruz ahead of O’Rourke, 54-45.

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