Ted Cruz owes Rick Perry and Scott Walker thank you cards.
The senator from Texas has gained the most from their withdrawals from the GOP presidential race, according to a Big Crunch analysis of data from the Federal Elections Commission.
Not in polling position — both Perry and Walker were in the low-single digits when they dropped out, so they didn't have much to provide there. But they had developed deep donor lists, benefactors who are now looking to Cruz.
Cruz received $70,000 from former Perry and Walker supporters since they dropped out, according to our analysis, more than any other candidate. Perry left the race on Sept. 11 and Walker quit 10 days later. Carly Fiorina was the second-highest beneficiary, receiving $30,000.