Third-quarter fundraising reports for leading GOP presidential candidates were posted on Sunday.
The reports serve as important indicators regarding the contender’s political viability as they move into the last stretch before the primary season formally begins.
Former President Donald Trump, who has a commanding lead, outperformed all GOP rivals. The top three contenders trailing Trump in fundraising are Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) reported that Trump also leads candidates with having the most cash on hand, with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) in second place, followed by DeSantis then Haley.
Trump’s campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung commented on the report to the Daily Caller: “Team Trump raised over $45.5 million in the third quarter, with $37.5 million cash on hand, and completely dwarfing any Republican candidate.”
Cheung added: “This movement is powered by the grassroots and everyday Americans who are sick and tired of living in Crooked Joe Biden’s America. The fact is that President Trump will be the nominee and will beat Biden because he’s the only person who can supercharge the economy, secure our border, safeguard communities, and put an end to unnecessary wars. Americans want to return to a prosperous nation and there’s only one person who can do that — President Trump.”
In third place, Haley raised $8.2 million in the third quarter and has $11.6 million cash on hand.
Olivia Perez-Cubas, spokesperson for Haley, told the Daily Caller: “We have seen a big surge in support and have real momentum. Nikki is emerging as the candidate who can move America beyond the chaos and drama of the past and present, and we have the resources we need to do it.”
In fourth place is Vivek Ramaswamy, who raised $7.4 million and has $4.2 million cash on hand.
Nicole Morales, spokesperson for Scott, told the Daily Caller, “Tim Scott is the only candidate with the resources and message to win the nomination and beat Joe Biden.” She added that Scott’s “campaign is built for the long haul and will continue to share Tim’s message to protect the American dream for generations to come.”
The RealClear Politics average for a 2024 national Republican primary, based on polls conducted between Sept. 27 and Oct. 9, indicates that Trump is leading the crowded field by over 40 points, followed by DeSantis at 12.9%, Haley at 7.6%, Ramaswamy at 6.2% and Pence at 3.7%. Christie and Scott received 2.8% and 2% support, respectively, and all other GOP hopefuls garnered less than 1%.
President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign brought in $24.8 million during the third fundraising quarter and ended the period with $32.2 million cash on hand, according to the FEC filing.
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