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Cruz raises $5.3 million in first quarter of 2021

Cruz raises $5.3 million in first quarter of 2021
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE (R-Texas) raised $5.3 million in the first quarter of 2021, indicating his vocal objections to certifying last year’s Electoral College results have not hampered his fundraising abilities.

Cruz’s campaign announced that it had received 127,896 total donations from 112,028 donors in the first three months of the year, with 98 percent of contributions coming in at under $100. The average donation was for $41. 

The fundraising total was split among his reelection committee, Ted Cruz for Senate; his leadership PAC, the Jobs, Freedom, Security PAC; and the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, which funnels funds both to the reelection committee and the leadership PAC. The Texas Republican’s campaign will head into the second quarter of the year with over $5.6 million cash on hand. At this point last year, his campaign had $2.1 million cash on hand.

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“Ted Cruz is the preeminent defender of freedom for the Lone Star State,” said Cruz spokesperson Steve Guest. “Every day, Sen. Cruz fights back against President Biden's radical policy agenda that hurts Texans, raises taxes, harms small businesses, and increases our national debt. Sen. Cruz is immensely thankful to the hardworking men and women across the country for their generous contributions.” 

Fox News first reported on Cruz’s first-quarter haul.

Cruz’s fundraising total is noteworthy, particularly considering he is not up for reelection until 2024. However, the money could potentially come in handy should he choose to run for president that year.

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyNYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force chief: Attacks are 'not new' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan MORE (R-Mo.) another potential presidential candidate who is not up for reelection until 2024, announced Monday that he raised more than $3 million during the first three months of 2021. 

Both Cruz and Hawley helped spearhead the efforts in the Senate to object to the Electoral College results showing President BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE defeating former President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE in November. Those objections led to a flood of Democratic rebukes, particularly following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. 

However, their impressive fundraising hauls suggest their controversial objections have done little to dampen their support among the GOP base.