Scott Walker Battles Ted Cruz In Fundraising

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Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is pulling into contention with Ted Cruz in the race to be the top conservative challenger to Jeb Bush in the GOP primary.

The pro-Walker Unintimidated super PAC released its first fundraising disclosure statement Tuesday, and it should leave the Wisconsin governor smiling. The PAC has raised more than $20 million from slightly less than 300 different donors. And all of the fundraising the PAC reported occurred before Walker officially announced his presidential candidacy.

While Walker’s $20 million haul doesn’t compare with the $103 million that Jeb Bush’s PACs have raised so far, it does pull him into contention with Sen. Ted Cruz, whose PACs have raised $37 million to add to his $14.3 million official campaign haul.

Walker also showed that he can compete with Donald Trump, who said that he is in the process of spending tens of millions of dollars in the near future but is stuck to his campaign promise to only use his own money on the race.

Walker placed second in the most recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll, garnering 13 percent support against Trump’s 24 percent. Walker leads Bush by one point in the poll and Cruz by six points.

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