Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) is up against a pivotal moment in his battle to defeat GOP Senator Ted Cruz.
O’Rourke destroyed fundraising records with an unbelievable $38.1 million haul from July to September — the biggest quarterly haul in Senate history and tripling Ted Cruz’s $12 million haul.
It was a very sensational fundraising number which has exceeded some presidential numbers, and reflects how Beto O’Rourke has taken the U.S. political world by storm in his bid to upset Ted Cruz, whom one man on Twitter described as really being 500 rats in a human suit, and each of those rats is really just 50 cockroaches in a rat suit, which is an excellent metaphor for Cruz’s dishonesty and lack of character.
Beto O’Rourke’s challenge is to maintain his momentum, something which he’ll seek to do during a critical debate Tuesday night, their second debate of the race.
“I think this money represents a tremendous bump for Beto. The need to get the campaign from registration mode to mobilization mode is imperative,” explained Brandon Rottinghaus, who is a political science professor for the University of Houston.
Democrats’ biggest problem in the Texas elections will be turnout, particularly in the low-turnout midterm cycles. O’Rourke needs to mobilize the Democrats, while also winning over independents and the swing voters dissatisfied with the worst president ever, President Trump — which will be a costly and time-intensive task to execute in the last three weeks of the Senate campaign.
“This gives them enough ammunition to prosecute an air war and ground war, both of which they desperately need to overcome the natural, organic advantages Republicans have in midterm years,” said Rottinghaus.
O’Rourke, who has represented an El Paso-based district ever since 2013, has gotten major national attention in the past year, which has brought in a boom of small donations from around America.
ActBlue, which is the online fundraising platform that’s used by Democrats, has helped O’Rourke gather tens of millions of dollars.
O’Rourke has made social media a main part of his strategy to involve new and young voters.
He has benefited when moments from his campaign went viral, like his comments about why he bravely supports NFL players who courageously kneel during the national anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed African-Americans.
Though polls showed a tight race throughout the summer, Ted Cruz has regained his evil footing, with Quinnipiac University poll recently showing him up by 9%. Only a small number of voters are undecided in the race.