O'Rourke raises $4.5 million in third quarter

O'Rourke raises $4.5 million in third quarter
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White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke raised $4.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, a higher haul than he had in the second quarter but behind several of his primary competitors. 

O’Rourke's campaign said the average donation amounted to $26 and that 99 percent of all contributions were below $200 while noting that his campaign did not fundraise around the August shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.

It is unclear how many people gave to the campaign or how much cash on hand he will report to the Federal Election Commission when filings are due later this month.

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The latest figure was higher than the $3.6 million O’Rourke raised in 2019’s second quarter but well beneath the $9.4 million he hauled in during the year’s first quarter.

“This quarter, we raised $4.5 million—a million more dollars than last quarter—and we did it because of people like you,” he tweeted to supporters. “We did this while not fundraising during the period around the El Paso shooting⁠—because that tragedy wasn't about our campaign, it was about our community. And we've raised over a million dollars this quarter for causes like the El Paso Memorial Fund and down ballot candidates.” 

“Thank you for fueling our campaign—which always has been, and always will be, powered by people. Because of you, I believe we will win the Democratic nomination, defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE in 2020, and bring our country together in 2021.”

Despite O’Rourke’s confidence, his announcement comes as the former Texas congressman struggles to lift his languishing campaign out of the middle tier of most national and statewide surveys.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption MORE (I-Vt.) raked in $25.3 million, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.) brought in $24.6 million and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE raised $15.2 million.

O'Rourke's total also comes behind the third quarter hauls for other middle-tier candidates, falling behind Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy O'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren O'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada MORE (D-Minn.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' MORE and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangO'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter MORE.

O’Rourke first saw his political star rise on a national level last year after his insurgent Senate bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter MORE (R-Texas) electrified the Democratic base and raked in a record amount of donations. He ultimately lost by less than 3 points, a narrow margin considering the GOP’s strength in the Lone Star State. 

However, he has struggled to convert that enthusiasm into support for his 2020 bid. O’Rourke sought to reset his campaign following the shooting in El Paso to focus more on gun control and travel outside traditional primary states but has not seen a sustained bump in the polls.