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Not surprisingly, O’Rourke dominated El Paso presidential donations

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El Paso’s Beto O’Rourke ended his presidential campaign in October, in large part because his fundraising was badly trailing the top Democratic candidates.

But one area where O’Rourke dominated in fundraising was in his hometown, raising close to $400,000 in disclosed contributions by Sept. 30, according to Federal Election Commission data. 

President Donald Trump has been the second-largest recipient of El Paso donations so far, raising just under $90,000 through Sept. 30, according to the FEC.

The amounts include only aggregate contributions above $200, the limit that triggers reporting requirements under federal law.

Other Democrats have struggled to raise much money so far in O’Rourke’s hometown. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised just under $10,000, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren pulled in just under $5,000 and former Vice President Joe Biden received about $4,500.

In the first nine months of 2015, the year before the last presidential election, El Pasoans contributed just under $145,000 to all presidential candidates.

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