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O’Rourke raises record-smashing $38 million in third quarter

A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday showed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz leading Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke by 9 points, while a recent New York Times/Siena survey showed Cruz up 8 points. | Loren Elliott/Getty Images

Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised a record $ 38.1 million in the third quarter for his underdog campaign to defeat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas.

O’Rourke’s massive haul easily surpassed the previous single-quarter record, set by Republican Rick Lazio in 2000, when he raised about $ 22 million in one quarter for his losing New York Senate bid against Hillary Clinton, who was then the first lady.

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Cruz previously told reporters that he raised $ 12 million in the final quarter before the election — one of the best fundraising performances of 2018. But O’Rourke’s fundraising, fueled by online donors, still tripled the Republican incumbent’s.

Despite O’Rourke’s fundraising advantage, Cruz has the edge in public polling, which has shown him with comfortable leads. A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday had the incumbent leading O’Rourke by 9 points, while the recent New York Times/Siena survey showed Cruz up 8 points.

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