Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke raised a staggering $70 million in his efforts to oust Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas this election cycle; smashing records and outpacing the GOP legislator by a two-to-one margin.
“The cost of a U.S. Senate seat from Texas has never been higher, and Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s insurgent bid to topple Sen. Ted Cruz has now attracted $70 million as the El Paso Democrat keeps setting new national records,” writes the Dallas News.
“The Democrat’s latest campaign report, filed early Friday with the Federal Election Commission, showed he brought in nearly $8.5 million from Oct. 1 to 17, padding a tally that was already the most of for any Senate candidate anywhere, ever,” adds the author.
In contrast, Cruz has raised approximately $30 million since early 2017 according to FEC filings.
Despite O’Rourke’s deep pockets, Sen. Cruz maintains a slight lead in the Texas race; holding a five to seven point advantage in recent polls.
LONE STAR MAGA: Trump Heads to Texas to Stump with Cruz, Calls Beto ‘Highly Overrated’
President Trump departed for Texas Monday afternoon to hit the campaign trail with GOP Senator Ted Cruz; saying he has a “beautiful” relationship with the Republican legislator and calling his liberal challenger “highly overrated.”
Trump was speaking with reporters from the White House lawn when he was asked to comment on the massive rally taking place Monday evening in the Lone Star State.
President Trump on Sen. Ted Cruz, who he will be campaigning for in Texas tonight: “Ted and I get along very well … He’s not ‘Lyin’ Ted’ anymore, he’s ‘Beautiful Ted.’ I call him ‘Texas Ted’" https://t.co/9iUX6VKDtB pic.twitter.com/PZFgHK6ajJ
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 22, 2018
— Wes Rapaport (@wesrap) October 22, 2018
“We have over 100,000 people, they lined-up two days ago… Ted’s going to get up and going to make a great speech. I’m going to get up and make a great speech,” said the President.
“Beto O’Rourke is highly overrated. When I heard about him, I thought he must be a little bit special; he’s not. I think he’s a highly overrated guy,” he added.
Watch the President’s comments above.
O’ROURKE UNLOADS: Beto Says Trump ‘Stoking Paranoia’ over Migrant Caravan
Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke weighed-in Wednesday on the growing “migrant caravan” slowly making its way towards the United States’ southern border with Mexico; accusing President Trump of “stoking paranoia” to motivate Republican voters.
The progressive challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz was speaking in Austin, Texas when he claimed the Trump administration was intentionally inciting “fear” over the impending caravan.
“There’s a lot of paranoia and fear,” said O’Rourke.
“It may not be an accident that we’re 13 days” from the midterm elections; saying recent calls to crackdown on the caravan come from “an administration that’s trying to make us scared of one another.”
The growing “migrant caravan” swelled to 14,000 immigrants earlier this week, with administration officials confirming that “previously deported” individuals were attempting to re-enter the United States.
Read the full report at ABC News.