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BLUE WAVE? Ted Cruz Challenger Beto O’Rourke Raises Massive Funds

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Ted Cruz for his Texas Senate seat, raised a staggering $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2017, his campaign announced.

That eye-popping haul comes in the wake of news that Paul Ryan’s Democratic challenger, Randy “Iron Stache” Bryce, raised an impressive $2.1 million to challenge the House Speaker.

O’Rourke, a former punk rocker who is looking to unseat the Republican incumbent, notched his biggest fundraising quarter yet with the haul. He has also out-raised Cruz in three of the last four quarters, The Texas Tribune reports. Cruz has yet to release his numbers for the last quarter.

“Furthermore, the $6.7 million total came from more than 141,000 contributions — another record-busting number for O’Rourke,” per the Tribune.

Last quarter, O’Rourke raised $2.4 million from 55,000 individual contributions.

Watch Beto rock out with his band in 1994 above.

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