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Ante Up

The race for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas is going to be pricey.

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, a candidate for U.S. Senate, at a Texas Tribune event on Sept. 9, 2011.

David Dewhurst raised $2.6 million for his U.S. Senate race — his campaign says that's a record for one quarter this cycle— and kicked in another $2 million of his own money, ending September with "more than $4 million" on in the bank, according to his campaign. He announced well ahead of the deadline, apparently seeking his own spotlight. He got it, too. And he wanted to send a message to announced and potential primary opponents: This is going to be expensive.

The announced list includes former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz and Glenn Addison, a funeral home operator. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, is also considering the race and has a personal fortune to throw at it if he decides to.

Cruz released numbers a couple of days later: He raised almost $1.1 million during the third quarter and ended September with "more than $2.4 million" on hand.

No reports yet from the others.

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