Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com
Texas Democratic Rep. Beto OâRourkeÂ is crushingÂ his opponent, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in fundraising.
In the most recent federal filings, Cruz pulled in $800,000 while OâRourke nearly tripled that with a $2.3 million haul.
But beyond the top line numbers, there is more trouble for Cruz: He has spent $1.2 million, far above the amount he raised.
âThe grassroots momentum of our people-powered campaign has shown its full force across the state in the first 45 days of 2018, and it will continue to do so as Texans prove theyâre more than a match for the PACs and special interests,â OâRourke declared in a statement on his campaignâs success.
The response from Cruzâs campaign has been notably different: âThis is serious.â
In 2012, CruzÂ easily wonÂ his election by 16 percent, even as Democrats won nationally under President Barack Obama.
But with polls showing OâRourke within single digits of him, and Cruz attaching himself to the unpopular Trump, the race has beenÂ ratedÂ only âlikelyâ Republican instead of a âsolidâ seat.
That change is surely due in part to Cruzâs recent outrageous comments on guns, echoing his NRA supporters.
He bragged to the conservative CPAC conference about stopping gun reform after the Sandy Hook massacre. HeÂ explainedÂ that he âhappily led the fightâ against a bill to expand background checks to gun show and internet sales, even though most Americans support it.
After the murders at Stoneman Douglas High in Florida, Cruz actuallyÂ laughedÂ at the idea of doing anything about school violence.
Texas voters see Cruz praising and hailing Trump, bragging about enabling mass shootings, and doing the NRAâs bidding. AndÂ they are joiningÂ theÂ blue waveÂ of voters in rebuking the GOP from coast to coast.
Cruzâs campaign got one thing right. This is âserious.â