I think there are a lot of Cruz supporters who are worried about whether Cruz has the financial support to win this race. If we were voting with our hearts, we would pick Cruz because he is the most conservative. But we don’t want to support someone who will run out of money and fold halfway through the campaign.
Well, I have some good news about that!
The Washington Examiner reports:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign raised $20 million during the final three months of 2015, according to the Cruz campaign. The end of the year fundraising total represents a marked increase compared to his third quarter fundraising sum of $12.2 million.
Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe wrote a memo to campaign staff that details how the campaign hauled in $45 million during the 2015 calendar year. More than 300,000 supporters donated to the Cruz campaign, and the average donation amounted to $67.
“Some campaigns are focused solely on a man, some on a movement. Ours is a hybrid of the two built to win,” Roe wrote. “There’s still plenty of work to be done to make Ted the Republican nominee and the next President, but as 2015 comes to a close, we are exactly where we want to be. Go. Fight. Win. This is OUR time!”
Roe’s memo also notes that the campaign has coordinators in each of the 163 congressional districts in the 24 states with nominating contests scheduled before March 15th. The campaign also boasts its success in recruiting more than 175,000 volunteers, and a donor base residing in two-thirds of all zip codes in the United States.
Cruz ranks first in the Washington Examiner‘s newest GOP presidential power rankings.
Cruz’s rival Marco Rubio is getting a lot of big money from pro-gay-rights donors and pro-amnesty donors. He is the favored candidate of the Republican establishment. He is famous for trying to push through an amnesty deal. Cruz is the outsider, and he doesn’t have the support of billionaire establishment donors. Cruz fought to stop Obama’s executive amnesty, so the establishment Republicans hate him and they are giving him no support. That’s why this donation-related news is so encouraging. Cruz is keeping up with the billionaire-backed candidates like Rubio because he has the support of so many individual conservative donors.
But there is even more good news if you look at the state of the PACs who are supporting Cruz.
The Hill reports:
In the mid-year reports, Cruz’s super-PACs disclosed nearly $38 million [in] donations, which put him second only to former Florida Gov. Bush in outside support.
But unlike Bush’s super-PAC Right to Rise — which has been spending its $103 million rapidly on TV advertising — Cruz’s super-PACs have been sitting on their cash.
Bush isn’t getting any kind of bump in the polls for all this spending by his PACs. Meanwhile, Cruz is in first or second place in so many states even though Cruz PACs have not been spending much money at all!
Here is the latest poll from Real Clear Politics that just came out on Wednesday:
I think for people who would like to vote for Cruz but are worried whether he can go the distance, the answer right now is a resounding YES. He’s in a much better position financially than all of the other GOP candidates.