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This Is How Beto O'Rourke's 'Historic' Campaign to Take Down Ted Cruz Continues to Stun Political Pundits

October 12, 2018 in Blogs

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

No one saw this coming in Texas.

Shattering a record for a U.S. Senate race previously set nearly two decades ago, Congressman Beto O'Rourke—the progressive Texas Democrat vying to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz—revealed Friday that he raised $38.1 million in the last quarter, more than three times Cruz's $12 million from the same three-month period.

Unlike his opponent, O'Rourke doesn't take money from political action committees (PACs), special interest groups, or corporations. In a video posted to Twitter on Friday, the candidate noted that his record-setting third-quarter haulcame from more than 800,000 unique contributions.

“It's going to give us the resources we need to finish this campaign as strong as we possibly can,” he said. “We're doing something absolutely historic—not just ensuring that we have the resources to run and to win, but to make sure that our democracy once again is powered by people and only people.”


For context, NBC News noted that while a pair of Democrats in other competitive Senate races raised about $7 million each during the third quarter, O'Rourke raised even more between July and September than former President Barack Obama in the quarter before the 2008 Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary ($23.5 million) and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the third quarter of 2015 (about $30 million).

New York Times reporter Shane Goldmacher pointed out on Twitter that the congressman's final fundraising figure for the quarter is also higher than the amount Republican Jeb Bush raised during his entire 2016 presidential campaign.

“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 added in a statement. “This is a …read more


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