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Democrat Beto O'Rourke raises $2M On 1st Day Of Campaign For Texas Governor

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Wednesday, Nov. 17, he raised more than $2 million after announcing his campaign for Texas governor, showing an ability to still quickly pile up cash after coming off failed runs for the U.S. Senate and presidency.

His campaign said the money came from more than 20,000 donations in the first 24 hours but did not immediately provide further details, including the number of large contributions or how many came from Texas residents.

Beto O'Rourke Begins Campaigning For Governor Of Texas
Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks at a campaign rally on November 16, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. O'Rourke drew a large crowd at his first campaign event since announcing his candidacy on Monday, November 15, for what could be a closely watched 2022 Texas gubernatorial race between O'Rourke and Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. (Photo by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

Although the numbers showed an early burst of enthusiasm for O'Rourke, the former El Paso congressman still has a long way to catch or even approach Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who this summer reported having at least $55 million in campaign funds.

Abbott, who is seeking a third term, is the most prolific fundraiser of any governor in the U.S. and routinely collects six-figure donations in big money from Texas executives.

O'Rourke raised $80 million in his 2018 Senate campaign — at the time a record for that office — but his donors will not be confined this time by federal campaign finance laws, since Texas has no limits on individual contributions.

O'Rourke launched his campaign Monday and is spending the first days of the race campaigning along the Texas-Mexico border, where Democrats are on the defensive after unexpected GOP gains there in 2020.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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