In the third quarter, Cruz raised over $2 million for his re-election campaign and its allied groups, his team announced Wednesday, shortly after O'Rourke's campaign unveiled his haul for the three-month period: $1.7 million.
The numbers represent a turnaround for Cruz, who raised less than O'Rourke did during the second quarter — a disparity that gave the challenger a boost of momentum as he got his campaign off the ground earlier this year. Cruz still maintains a strong cash-on-hand advantage over O'Rourke, $6.38 million to the congressman's $2.8 million.
The campaigns made their fundraising totals and cash-on-hand figures available ahead of a Sunday deadline to report them to the Federal Election Commission. In tallying Cruz's numbers, his team takes into account three groups: Ted Cruz for Senate, a re-election campaign committee; the Jobs, Freedom, and Security PAC, a leadership PAC; and Ted Cruz Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee that sends contributions to the re-election campaign and his leadership PAC.
O'Rourke's campaign touted that it received roughly 7,000 more individual donations during the third quarter than Cruz did — 32,969 to Cruz's 25,977. O'Rourke's team also noted that he continued to reject PAC money over the period, "unlike nearly every single other campaign in the country."