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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke

SEN: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) said he raised more than $6.7M from 141K individual contributors during the first quarter of 2018. O’Rourke’s contribution total for the first quarter of 2018 exceeds his total for all of 2017 ($6.6M). He reported raising $2.3M in his pre-primary report, so O’Rourke has raised at least $4.4M since February 14. As of that date, O’Rourke had $4.9M on hand compared with $6.0M for U.S. Ted Cruz (R). O’Rourke’s campaign did not release a current cash-on-hand figure.

Excluding self-funding candidates, O’Rourke’s quarterly total is believed to be the highest for any candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas in at least four decades. Keep in mind that federal candidates must adhere to strict campaign contribution limits, currently $5,400 per individual per campaign cycle, including the value of in-kind contributions.

CD5 open: Railroad Comm. Wayne Christian (R) endorsed Bunni Pounds in the Republican runoff against Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell).

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