U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing a campaign aide.
The Texas senator has raised a total of $26.5 million since entering the race in late March for the 2016 Republican nomination, AP said.
Cruz’s total for the three months ended Sept. 30 was more than double that of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, another contender in the crowded Republican field. Rubio’s campaign raised $6 million in the third quarter, a source said earlier on Thursday, citing campaign officials.
Largely because he has opted to avoid the almost hourly Trump drama that other candidates get sucked into despite an almost complete lack of upside, Cruz hasn’t been grabbing headlines. He’s obviously still grabbing cash though, and that is probably all he intends to do at the moment.
As we have mentioned here before, Cruz is playing the long game here, and is focused on next March 1st, when he hopes the southerns states’ primaries will boost him to the front of what still may be a crowded GOP pack.
This strategy might not seem as plausible if his “I’ll just be over here while you guys scream at Trump” approach wasn’t bringing in any campaign money. If this keeps up, he should hit March well-funded, rested and ready.