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    O'Rourke Doubles Cruz in Latest Fundraising Totals
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    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX (left), and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso

    Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he raised $3.2 million during the first three months of the year -- less than half his Democratic opponent's fundraising haul -- and now maintains only a small lead in the overall money race.

    Cruz's campaign announced Friday that it now has a war chest of nearly $8.2 million.

    U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a onetime punk rocker who's giving up his seat in El Paso to challenge Cruz, reported collecting $6.7 million in donations through March. His campaign says it now has more than $8 million in cash on hand.

    O'Rourke has raised more than Cruz in past quarters, despite shunning money from outside political groups. Cruz has no such prohibition.

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