Beto O’Rourke has raised more money than Ted Cruz in the race for Cruz’s U.S. Senate seat.
I am cheered by that news. I want the Democratic congressman from El Paso to defeat the Cruz Missile.
That said, I want to offer a brief word of caution. More money doesn’t necessarily translate to more votes.
Here is what the Texas Tribune is reporting:
Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Texas, raised more than $10.4 million over the past three months, he announced Wednesday, revealing a sum that takes his already massive fundraising to new heights.
And the El Paso congressman again vastly outraised the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz, who took in less than half of his challenger’s haul — $4.6 million — in the same time, according to his campaign. O’Rourke also took a decisive lead in cash on hand over Cruz with four months to Election Day, $14 million to $10.4 million.
O’Rourke’s latest haul is easily his biggest yet — topping the $6.7 million he raked in during the first quarter, which was far more than Cruz raised for the same period. Cruz’s second-quarter fundraising also was his largest yet, though not nearly enough to keep up with O’Rourke’s torrid pace.
O’Rourke has now outraised Cruz for every period but one since O’Rourke launched his Senate bid in March 2017.
I’ll conclude simply by reminding Beto’s Brigade that longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley outspent his primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by 18-to-1 this past month … and he still lost the primary.