A Democratic candidate has raised more money than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) thus far in 2018, which poses a challenge for the famous Republican firebrand in the approaching midterm elections.
El Paso Representative Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign raised $2.3 million in just the first six weeks of this year, federal filings prove, which tops Cruz’s $800,000 during the same time period.
“This is serious,” said the Cruz campaign to its donors once the O’Rourke Senate campaign got to the $2 million fundraising milestone after a mere forty-five days of political fundraising in the year 2018, reports The Dallas Morning News.
Cruz, who is a former 2016 GOP presidential candidate, remains in the lead in cash on hand. He has $6 million compared to Beto O’Rourke’s $4.9 million cash on hand total.
Cruz also spent more the Democrat in the initial volley leading up to the March 6 primaries.
O’Rourke is gaining fast in the race, and has already passed Cruz in fundraising in the last three out of four reporting periods of campaign finances.
Republicans hold just a small majority in the Senate, with Democrats aiming to win back the House come 2018.