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O'Rourke Will Outraise Cruz, Reports Say

Congressman Beto O'Rourke will outraise Ted Cruz when the final numbers are reported for the most recent campaign finance period, according to reports.

According to a report from the Texas Tribune, O'Rourke is planning to report that his campaign brought in $6.7 million during the first three months of 2018 in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Ted Cruz, the Republican incumbent, will report raising $3.2 million over the same period.

O'Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, will also report one of the largest federal campaign funding hauls in history outside of presidential campaigns, according to the Texas Tribune's Patrick Stivek. Cruz's $3.2 million is also considered a large sum for an incumbent seeking re-election, although it does not match O'Rourke's haul.

Cruz's haul comes from three spots: Ted Cruz for Senate; the Jobs, Freedom, and Security PAC, which is Cruz's leadership committee; and Ted Cruz Victory Committee. O'Rourke's haul takes into account funding that was raised only by his campaign.

The two candidates will meet in the November 2018 general election. Neal Dikeman, a Houston venture capitalist, will also appear on the ballot, running as a Libertarian.

Photo by O'Rourke Campaign

Photo by O'Rourke Campaign

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