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>> Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke of Texas hauling in a record $38 million in three months, a new fundraising landmark, as Democrats and Republicans battle for control of Congress. It's another sign of Democratic enthusiasm ahead of the November 6th elections. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Democrats are raising buckets of money in the home stretch.
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O'Rourke is a good example, he raised more than three times as much as his Republican rival, incumbent Ted Cruz. Of course, all that money does not guarantee victory. Cruz is still seen as the favorite in Texas, for example. But it does ensure that Democrats can mount viable campaigns even in areas where Republicans usually dominate.
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Many Democrats running for the House of Representatives are also posting strong results. Amy McGrath in Kentucky and Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey are among those raising record amounts for their districts. Democrats boasting that more than 60 of their house candidates topped a $1 million mark in the past three months.
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Lifted by fundraising networks like Swing Left, which direct Democratic dollars where they are needed most. It's not clear yet how they stack up against their Republican rivals. Complete results are due on Monday.>> It's family and it's community->> O'Rourke drawing national attention as he tries to turn Texas blue, raking in money from more than 800,000 people, refusing to take corporate donations.
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>> It's extraordinary. We have not seen it before, maybe in part, because we haven't seen a campaign like this before. No pack money, no special interests, going to every single on of the 254 counties no matter how reliably Republican, no matter how reliably Democrat. We're showing up and we're listening to people.
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>> These small dollar donations are only part of the student. Democrats like Michael Bloomberg on the left and Sheldon Addelson on the right are spending tens of millions of dollars to influence the outcome. And of course these dollars don't necessarily translate into votes. Democrats across the country are giving money to Senator Heidi Heitkamp, but only the citizens of North Dakota will determine whether she gets to return to the Senate.
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Still these fundraising totals can be seen as yet another sign that Democrats are fired up as the elections approach.