Democrat Challenging Ted Cruz Gets A Major Boost In Newest Campaign Data


Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas), who is running for Senate, raised last quarter way, way more than the incumbent Republican who he is hoping to unseat next year: Ted Cruz.

Cruz’s total receipts in the third quarter of 2023, which ended September 30, reached $3,089,710.14. Allred? He hit $4,738,769.86, including $4.569 million in donations from individuals. Allred still needs to win the Democratic primary before officially facing Cruz in next year’s general election, but these numbers obviously represent a formidable start.

Democrats running for Senate around the country have posted impressive fundraising numbers for the same period, whether Ohio’s Sherrod Brown or Jacky Rosen in Nevada, both of whom, though incumbents, could face close or particularly challenging races for another term. In the House, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), whose current district Trump only won by single digits in 2020, was significantly surpassed in fundraising last quarter by a key Democratic challenger, Adam Frisch. He’s the Democrat who finished within merely hundreds of votes of Boebert in the 2022 elections after hundreds of thousands of ballots were cast. And in the preceding three months, his total receipts — meaning money brought in by the campaign across various sources — reached $3.388 million.

Before next year’s elections, there will be a closely watched race for governor this November in Kentucky, where Democratic incumbent Andy Beshear is seeking another term against Republican Daniel Cameron, who’s currently the state’s attorney general. Abortion has been a major issue in the race, with Cameron largely supporting strict abortion restrictions — though he semi-recently relented and indicated openness to allowing exceptions for cases of rape and incest. That came with a heavy caveat, though, as he also indicated support for the current legal framework around abortion in Kentucky, which — with a GOP-dominated state legislature — doesn’t have such exceptions for those limited circumstances. Polling consistently shows Beshear leading — sometimes by absolutely huge margins! In many races, surveys simply do not indicate a “red wave,” meaning surge of support for Republicans…