Beto O’Rourke reports raising $38.1 million, triple the amount raised by Ted Cruz

Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke has raised another $38.1 million in his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

O’Rourke, of El Paso, announced his numbers Friday morning, noting that he received more than 800,000 individual contributions to make up the tally that more than triples the $12 million Cruz reported raising in the third quarter.

“The people of Texas in all 254 counties are proving that when we reject PACs and come together not as Republicans or Democrats but as Texans and Americans, there’s no stopping us,” O’Rourke said.

“This is a historic campaign of people: all people, all the time, everywhere, every single day — that’s how we’re going to win this election and do something incredible for Texas and our country at this critical moment.”

The candidates have until Monday to submit their third-quarter campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission.

These fundraising numbers come on the tail of a new Quinnipiac University poll showing that Cruz holds a 9 percentage point lead over O’Rourke.

The Texas-sized fight for this Senate seat, represented by Republicans since 1993, has become fierce.

This has become one of the costliest and most watched races across the country, as many wonder if O’Rourke can do what no other Democrat has done for more than two decades in Texas: win a statewide office.

The two candidates have gone head-to-head in fundraising, and criss-crossed the state holding rallies, eventually making this race a “toss-up,” according to The Cook Political Report.

Early voting for the Nov. 6 mid-term election runs from Oct. 22-Nov. 2.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley
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