The House Democrat challenging Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for his Senate seat next year claims he raised more than $2 million in the first 36 hours since launching his campaign.
Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, said on Thursday night that his new Senate campaign set a new record for the 2024 election season – kicking off what is likely to be a pricey race.
“I’ve been a part of some incredible teams in my life, but y’all have helped me raise over $2 million in just 36 hours since I announced my campaign to represent all Texans,” Allred wrote on Twitter. “Together, we set a record for this cycle raising the most in the first day of a Senate campaign.”
Cruz is running for his third term to represent the Lone Star State in the Senate.
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Cruz’s 2018 re-election bid was among the most closely-watched and expensive races in the country at the time. Democrat rival Beto O’Rourke had raised more than double the cash Cruz had, bringing in more than $80 million compared to the conservative Republican’s roughly $39 million. Cruz eked out a narrow victory of just over 2%.
Allred is the first major challenger Cruz has for an election that is about a year and a half away. Before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2018, Allred was a professional football player who spent four seasons with the Tennessee Titans between 2007 and 2010.
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His first campaign ad, released this week, opens with Allred standing on a football field, referencing his athletic career before diving directly into the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“When I left the NFL, I thought my days of putting people on the ground were over. Then January 6 happened,” Allred said before cutting to clips of the mob storming the Capitol that day.
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“I texted my wife, ‘Whatever happens, I love you.’ Then I took off my jacket, and got ready to take on anyone who came through that door,” he said. “And Ted Cruz? He cheered on the mob… then hid in a supply closet when they stormed the Capitol. But that’s Ted for you – all hat, no cattle.”
He also accused Cruz of caring only for himself, adding, “We don’t have to be embarrassed by our senator. We can get a new one.”
While his $2 million haul is significant, Allred will need to keep the aggressive pace up. Cruz began the cycle with $3.3 million in cash on-hand, while bringing in an additional $1.2 million in the first quarter of this year.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Cruz’s campaign for comment on Allred’s fundraising update but did not immediately hear back.
Source – https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cruzs-democrat-challenger-senate-campaign-raised-million-hours
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