Cruz announces $12 million fundraising haul in third quarter

Cruz announces $12 million fundraising haul in third quarter
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDem bundler: Donors waiting on 2020 commitments until Beto O'Rourke makes decision The Hill's Morning Report — GOP victorious in Florida while Dems say `Sunbelt strategy’ looks bright for 2020 Dem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 MORE (R-Texas) said he raised $12 million in the third fundraising quarter of the year.

The number is a huge spike in his fundraising as he faces a tough challenge against well-funded Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Cruz made the announcement at a Wednesday night rally alongside President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr.'s India trip cost taxpayers nearly 0K: report Social media explodes over Avenatti arrest Mueller targets Stone in final push MORE, according to The Texas Tribune. The GOP senator hasn’t announced his cash-on-hand total from the end of September. Both candidates are required to file fundraising reports by Oct. 15.

The amount is Cruz’s largest fundraising quarter to date, which ran from July to September. In the second fundraising quarter, he raised more than $4 million, which was his largest haul at the time.

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"Together we raised in the third quarter over $12 million," Cruz said Wednesday night, adding that those numbers are a record in Texas Senate race history.

That will help him keep pace with O’Rourke, who’s been a prolific fundraiser and raised more than $10 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2018. O’Rourke ended June with nearly $14 million in the bank, compared to Cruz’s $10.4 million at that time.

The Democratic congressman has yet to announce his third-quarter numbers, but he’s expected to announce another massive haul. According to a new federal filing from ActBlue, O’Rourke brought in $9.1 million in August alone.

Cruz faces an unexpectedly tough challenge from O’Rourke in the deep-red state. In addition to monster fundraising, polls have shown a tight race, though Cruz’s lead has started to widen more recently. The latest poll from Quinnipiac University has Cruz ahead by 9 points.