Cornyn, Noriega give fundraising totals

October 4, 2008 7:23:31 AM PDT
Republican Sen. John Cornyn's campaign said Friday it raised $1.86 million in the third quarter and that it had $7.23 million in cash on hand entering the final month before the November election. Democratic challenger Rick Noriega's campaign raised slightly more than $1 million in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 but had no tally yet of its available cash, said spokesman Martin Apodaca.

Both campaigns' full reports, showing details of who contributed the money, were not yet available. Those federal reports must be filed in mid-October.

Cornyn campaign manager Rob Jesmer said nearly 90 percent of Cornyn's donations during this election cycle have come from within Texas.

Noriega's spokesman said his campaign has received 22,000 contributions from 15,000 individual donors throughout the election cycle.

Cornyn, with a commanding financial advantage over Noriega, has been blanketing the state's airwaves with television ads. Noriega has been relying on lower-cost Web videos and personal appearances to get his message out. v The two candidates are scheduled to debate next week in Houston.

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