Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz raised an impressive $523,000 in the first 11 days of July for his U.S. Senate campaign, more than triple the haul that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst reported for the same period, new disclosures show.
Cruz has also slipped past Dewhurst in the total amount of contributions (excluding any self-funding) since both men began reporting their contributions to the Federal Election Commission. Cruz has raised a net $7.92 million, compared with $7.78 million for Dewhurst, giving him a $136,270 advantage in that category as of the end of the last reporting period.
The latest disclosures, provided by both campaigns to The Texas Tribune and embedded below, cover activity from July 1-11. In the previous period, May 10 through June 30, Dewhurst had outraised Cruz by $226,000 on a year-to-date basis.
It’s the second consecutive reporting period in which Cruz reported raising more from individual contributors than Dewhurst. But the lieutenant governor still enjoys a better than two-to-one financial advantage over Cruz thanks to money he has loaned his own campaign.
Dewhurst has loaned himself a net $11.1 million so far, compared with about $800,000 in net self-funding from Cruz. Neither candidate reported any loan repayments for the period.
Cruz reported almost $1.5 million in the bank on July 11. Dewhurst had about $107,000.
Early voting in the runoff starts Monday. Election Day is July 31.