Federal candidates and officeholders were required to file October quarterly campaign finance reports today (Monday). These reports include contributions received and expenditures made during the third quarter. As of 11 p.m., we have seen results from most of the candidates on the general election ballot and updated our federal Crib Sheet.
Eight Democratic challengers out-raised Republican incumbents, and four Democratic challengers have more cash on hand than the Republican incumbents they face. In two Republican-held open seats, the Democratic nominees out-raised the Republican nominees.
SEN: The challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), out-raised U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), $37.4M to $10.5M, and outspent Cruz, $27.7M to $9.6M for the quarter. O’Rourke has a 2-to-1 advantage in cash on hand, $22.9M to $11.3M. For the election cycle, O’Rourke has out-raised Cruz, $60.9M to $24.7M, and outspent him, $37.4M to $23.2M. We discussed O’Rourke’s record haul here.
CD2 open: Republican nominee Dan Crenshaw out-raised Democratic nominee Todd Litton, $519K to $463K, but Litton narrowly outspent Crenshaw, $347K to $310K. Litton holds the advantage in cash on hand, $524K to $313K.
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