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 CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science 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 TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpWatchdog group: Trump had over 1,400 conflicts of interest in first two years CNN's Gergen: Trump discouraging next generation from civil service The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government 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.