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Cruz says he raised $1.1 million since debate

Ted Cruz said he has raised $1.1 million since Wednesday night's debate. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) had a strong, breakout performance during Wednesday's presidential debate, and it paid off — literally.

Cruz's campaign has raised $1.1 million online since the debate, the candidate said on Fox News on Thursday.

"That is a real demonstration, I think, of the hunger Republican primary voters have for someone who will actually stand and fight for them," he said.

The Texas Republican also got traction on social media during the debate, capturing a majority of all of the social and traditional media mentions of the evening, according to Zignal Labs. He also had the most mentioned moment of the debate on Facebook, where he criticized the questions the debate moderators asked.

Cruz reported more money in the bank than any other Republican candidate as the last fundraising quarter ended, with $13.8 million, according to figures released by the Federal Election Commission. Cruz's campaign reported raising a total of $26.5 million.

[Read: Ted Cruz reports $13.8 million cash on hand — at or near the top of the GOP field]

The senator has deployed a fundraising strategy that so far no rival has been able to match, raising millions from grass-roots supporters while getting checks from wealthy donors.

[Read: Cruz’s quiet fundraising strength: A network of wealthy donors]

Overall, Cruz has the most balanced mix of donors among all the Republican hopefuls. Of the $24.5 million he has raised for the primary race, 40 percent has come from contributors who have given him $200 or less, 25 percent from those who have given $201 to $999, 13 percent from those who have given $1,000 to $2,699, and 21 percent from those who have given the $2,700 maximum, according to the Campaign Finance Institute.

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