O'Rourke claims the money came entirely from 802,836 unique contributions. Ted Cruz, who reported raising $12 million over the past three months, bringing his total for 2017 and 2018 to about $28 million.
The amount is far more than any other Senate candidate has ever raised in a single quarter, according to Michael Malbin, executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute, which studies money in politics.
Mr. O'Rourke has ridden his phenomenal fundraising and fawning coverage from Hollywood and many media outlets to mount a surprisingly strong bid for the senate in a state that hasn't had a Democrat occupying one of its two seats there since 1993 and last elected a Democratic senator in 1988.
The haul smashed previous records for a U.S. Senate contest, and assures that the hard fought race, already the nation's costliest, remains on top of the 2018 list.
O'Rourke has attracted attention throughout Texas and beyond with an energetic campaign that has taken him to all of the state's 254 counties - even deep red areas Democrats gave up on decades ago - and for a background that includes a stint with a punk rock band.
O'Rourke's Senate campaign announced Friday a record-smashing third quarter fundraising haul of $38.1 million. Cruz is also benefiting from spending by a number of outside groups that have pumped more than $5 million into the race, most of it to attack O'Rourke.
CBS 11 Political Reporter Jack Fink reached out to the Ted Cruz campaign Friday morning for reaction.
The network had said that it previously invited Cruz to participate in a separate townhall, and that he declined.
The candidates are scheduled to square off in their second debate on Tuesday night in San Antonio. O'Rourke had the advantage in that category at the end of June, with $14 million in the bank to Cruz's $10.4 million. "But my money is on the people of Texas".
Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke is trailing in the polls in his race to unseat Republican Sen.
Despite his sizable fundraising advantage, O'Rourke lags behind Cruz in most polls. But being so flush allows O'Rourke to add staffers and try to motivate low-frequency voters in Texas, which traditionally has one of the lowest turnout rates in the nation.