Report: Beto O’Rourke sets record-breaking Democratic fundraising in Texas governor race

O’Rourke reportedly raised $66 million during his campaign for governor.

AUSTIN, Texas — No Democrat has ever raised more money to run for Texas governor Beto O’Rourkeaccording to a report by Houston Chronicle.

O’Rourke reportedly announced Tuesday that he has raised an additional $25.2 million since July, bringing his total for his campaign against the incumbent Republican governor to a total of over $66 million. Gregory Abbott.

That’s a new record for the Texas Democrats running for governor. Wendy Davis raised more than $40 million against Abbott in 2014, and Tony Sanchez spent $76 million on his bid against Rick Perry — though the Houston Chronicle notes that more than $60 million of that came from Sanchez’s own pocket.

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Also the Houston Chronicle Remarks that O’Rourke’s fundraising still lags far behind Abbott’s. As of June, the current governor had reportedly raised $109 million towards his re-election.

Though Abbott leads the way in fundraising, O’Rourke said the new development marks the second consecutive year he’s outbid Abbott The Texas Tribune. Abbott’s campaign says the governor raised nearly $25 million in the most recent reporting period from July 1 to September 29.

Neither campaign has released their latest box office numbers yet, but Abbott had a nearly 2-to-1 advantage at the end of June.

The Texas Tribune reports that O’Rourke’s recent winnings come from nearly half a million posts averaging $53. All but about 2% of his donations came online.

Abbott continues to lead in major public polls. A recent one by KVUE and the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation found that Abbott is seven points ahead of O’Rourke (51% vs. 44%) among the likely voters. For the most likely (almost certain) voters, the lead grows to 10 points (53% vs. 43%).

The Houston Chronicle reports that as of Oct. 11, O’Rourke still hasn’t raised as much as he did in his 2018 US Senate bid against Ted Cruz, when he received $79 million in donations.

Read the Houston Chronicle’s full report here and The Texas Tribune here.

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Laura Coffey

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