AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke has raised more money than incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in the race for the state’s top official, raking in more money during the recent run-in. benchmark than any other candidate statewide in Texas.
According to reports on Friday, between February 20 and June 30, O’Rourke raised $27.6 million; Abbott, who is seeking his third term, has raised $24.9 million over the same period.
“We’re building a grassroots campaign to reach voters across Texas and (win) the night of Nov. 8,” O’Rourke tweeted.
O’Rourke’s money came from more than four times as many donors as Abbott’s campaign; O’Rourke reached the milestone of more than 511,000 donors, while Abbott had 113,000 donors.
However, Abbott still retains the financial advantage. Abbott’s campaign said as of June 30, it had $45.74 million in cash. Although O’Rourke’s team did not release an updated cash amount, O’Rourke had $6.8 million, according to his latest report. O’Rourke added that most of his campaign contributions – 98.9% – came from online donations.
“This unprecedented grassroots fundraiser has happened thanks to you and your fellow supporters,” O’Rourke’s campaign said in an email contribution.
The reports come about a week after a new UT/Texas Politics Project poll showed O’Rourke is closing in on Abbott.
According to the poll, Abbott has a six-point lead over O’Rourke. That’s down from a 10-point lead the incumbent held over their challenger in February and an 11-point lead in March.
Abbott’s campaign said it plans to use much of its fundraising on ads this fall, ahead of the November election.
“Our campaign also pre-purchased more than $20 million in fall advertising and began funding an extensive walking program to get voters to the polls in November,” said the Texans campaign chairman for Greg Abbott, Gardner Pate.