Democratic Texas Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke just raised more money for his campaign in the last quarter than his opponent, Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, has for his entire campaign.
O’Rourke announced in a Twitter video Friday that $38.1 million was donated to his campaign in the last three months. In comparison, Cruz has raised about $35 million for his entire campaign, according to the Houston Chronicle.
O’Rourke thanked the over 800,000 unique contributors for their support in the video.
“It’s gonna give us the resources we need to finish this campaign as strong as we possibly can,” he said, “and it’s more than three times the amount that Ted Cruz raised not just in his campaign but all the affiliated political action committees that are contributing to his campaign.”
You just raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in three months. From 802,836 contributions. No PACs, no special interests, no corporations. All people, all the time, everywhere, every single day. pic.twitter.com/IDMFNFwezB
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 12, 2018
The Houston Chronicle reported that the last three months have put O’Rourke’s total funds at $60 million raised, which is the most out of any Democratic Senate candidate this year.
None of the money donated to O’Rourke’s campaign has come from political action committees, as the Democratic underdog proudly pointed out in his video.
“We are doing something absolutely historic, not just insuring that we have the resources to run and to win but to make sure that once again our democracy is powered by people and only people,” he said.
“People over special interests, people over PACs, people over super PACs, people over corporations, people ensuring that we do the right thing for Texas, for this country at this critical moment. So I just want to take a second to say thank you for making it possible.”
Despite the monetary boost, O’Rourke remains the underdog in recent polls. Quinnipiac University released poll results on Thursday that showed Cruz in the lead by nine points.
However, O’Rourke is hoping for a last-minute boost and will appear on CNN for a town hall on Oct. 18. He will appear solo, as Cruz turned down the invitation.