O’Rourke maintains torrid fundraising pace in Senate bid


Maintaining his torrid fundraising pace, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced Wednesday that he had raised more than $10.4 million in the second quarter of the year in his bid to unseat Republican rival U.S. Sen Ted Cruz.

O’Rourke also said he had $14 million cash on hand as of the end of June.

Cruz, who has trailed O’Rourke in fundraising, has not yet released his numbers for the second quarter of the year, which are due Sunday with the Federal Election Commission. The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday that Cruz will report raising more than $4 million and having $10 million in his campaign account.

O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso and a decided underdog despite his strong fundraising numbers, announced his latest figure in a Facebook Live update on the campaign with his supporters.

“This campaign is proving every single day that going everywhere, fighting for everyone and running without PACs or special interests isn’t just the right thing to do, but the best way to win,” O’Rourke said. “Something really special is happening in Texas and it’s the people in all 254 counties that we’ve visited making it possible one town hall, one volunteer shift, one $5 donation at a time.”

The announcement followed a nine-day drive that’s covered more than 1,000 miles across Texas. O’Rourke, who is not accepting political action committee money, received 215,714 contributions.



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