MJ Hegar announces $13.5 million fundraising haul

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Democrat U.S. Senate candidate MJ Hegar announced Monday her campaign raised $13.5 million in the latest fundraising quarter.

The figure is the campaign’s best fundraising quarter to date, raising eight times the $1.7 million that was raised in the previous quarter, which ended in June.

Hegar’s opponent, Republican Sen. John Cornyn, has yet to release his latest fundraising haul. 

The incumbent senator raised $3.5 million in the second quarter and has so far maintained a steady cash lead over Hegar — but that could change if Hegar’s strong fundraising continues into November.

Both candidates are set to debate Oct. 9 in Austin. Only one debate has been agreed to so far, although the Hegar campaign is pressuring the Cornyn camp for more. (Cornyn has proven to be difficult in this regard; he recently refused to be interviewed with Hegar during an Austin American-Statesman Editorial Board interview). 

Aggregate polling for the race shows Cornyn ahead by several percentage points. On the presidential level, which will affect the down-ballot performance of both party’s candidates, aggregate polling shows President Trump ahead of Vice President Joe Biden by an average of three percentage points.

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