SEN: U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) announced his campaign raised more than $10.4M during the second quarter. He received donations “from 215,714 individual contributors, most of them from Texas, giving $15, $25, $50 bucks at a time,” O’Rourke said in a Facebook video. “The average contribution has been $33 over these last three months.”

O’Rourke raised nearly as much in the last three months as the past four Democratic nominees for U.S. Senate raised during their entire campaigns combined:

  • $4.5M – David Alameel in 2014, of which $4.4M came from the candidate himself
  • $678K – former Rep. Paul Sadler (D-Henderson) in 2012
  • $4.1M – former Rep. Rick Noriega (D-Houston) in 2008; and
  • $1.5M – Barbara Ann Radnofsky in 2006.

For the election cycle, O’Rourke has now raised around $19.2M, which likely puts him behind only Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in terms of total contributions so far this election cycle. Abbott raised a total of $21.7M as of late February and has undoubtedly raised significant sums since.

O’Rourke is expected to report having more than $14M on hand. The campaign of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) has not publicly reported any quarterly fundraising information. Campaign finance reports are due July 15. However, because U.S. Senate candidates file paper copies with the Secretary of the Senate, they are not typically available online for at least a week, often longer. All other federal candidates file with the Federal Election Commission, and most do so electronically.

GOV: The campaigns of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) have agreed to Nexstar Media Group’s invitation to an hourlong debate in Austin on September 28, a Friday.

Nexstar owns KXAN-TV in Austin and various stations in about a dozen markets across the state.

Meanwhile, the Valdez campaign confirmed that Tyler Tucker will succeed Bill Romjue as campaign manager. Tucker previously worked for the campaign of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Romjue will remain with the campaign as a senior advisor.

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