While O'Rourke has outraised Cruz all year, his latest numbers shocked politicos and Democratic operatives. Cruz announced his $12 million haul last week, his largest quarter of the race - and a record for a Senate contest in Texas, he said. It wasn't true all the time, but it used to be that a candidate who raised the most money generally came out on top on election day. They had no comment but referred back to their statement on October 4 when Cruz told supporters in Plano, Texas, "I think it is very likely Beto O'Rourke is going to receive a quarter north of $30 million". The campaign can use the money to stake into the ground more of the "Beto for Senate" signs that have become ubiquitous in certain parts of the state.
The campaign of Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke on Friday said it had raised $38.1 million in the past three months, bringing his total to almost $62 million - an enormous haul that makes him one of the most successful fundraisers in American politics.
"Every left-wing radical in the country wants to turn Texas blue", Cruz said.
The three-term congressman far outstripped Republican incumbent Sen.
Recent polling has shown Cruz with a lead over O'Rourke, but the race is considered a toss-up, which in itself is unusual in deep-red Texas.
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O'Rourke posted on social media about the fundraising record saying, "We are doing something absolutely historic - not just ensuring that we have the resources to run and to win - but to make sure that our democracy, once again, is powered by people and only people".
O'Rourke made the disclosure ahead of Monday's deadline for candidates to report their fundraising to the Federal Election Commission. But Cruz said during the Houston campaign stop that he's willing to join O'Rourke on Thursday in McAllen and make the townhall a debate - though it remains to be seen if all the details can be worked out in time for that to happen. In one of the most expensive and closely fought races this election cycle, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost in a special election for a House seat in Georgia a year ago to Republican Karen Handel despite a $20 million fundraising advantage.
That's part of what has helped him make the race surprisingly close in heavily Republican Texas, but polls over the past few weeks showed Cruz opening a significant lead over the US representative from El Paso.
The Goodfellas actor also said that "you need somebody strong that can beat [Trump] at his own game".