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Republican presidential candidates face an early test next month of whether they can raise enough money to sustain their campaigns through party primaries and break away from a growing GOP field.
Frontrunner Donald Trump is sticking with his battle-tested strategy of relying on a wide network of small-dollar donors to fund his bid. His challengers are hurriedly crisscrossing the country this month to woo wealthy donors to bankroll their campaigns ahead of a July 15 report detailing how much money they raised during the second quarter.
That disclosure — the first look at how the presidential hopefuls fared during the early days on the stump — will signal to voters whether their bids have potential and could convince other donors to help contenders make it onto the first debate stage in August. These potentially divergent strategies could also lead to a Republican race pitting cash from the 1% versus everyone else.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — who trails Trump by roughly 30 percentage points in FiveThirtyEight’s average of primary presidential polls and whose campaign touted that it raised more than $8 million within the first 24 hours of launch — is pressing on. He attended six fundraisers in early June in Texas, including a Houston event co-hosted by conservative Texas mega-donor Richard Weekley. On June 19, he will raise funds over a breakfast in Sacramento, California.
For candidates currently polling in the single digits — Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Rep. Tim Scott (S.C.), Chris Christie, and Asa Hutchinson — the July 15 deadline is crucial to show that they have the backing from big spenders influential in Republican politics. But they also need to have at least 40,000 unique donors across the country to make the first GOP debate. The Haley and Ramaswamy campaigns say they’ve already met the donor requirement.
Even President Joe Biden, who isn’t facing serious competition in his primary, is going on a fundraising blitz ahead of the same disclosure deadline. He’s attending events in Chicago hosted by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, as well as stops in the San Francisco area — home to deep-pocketed Democratic donors such as climate activist Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Mark Pincus. Read the full story from Laura Davison, Nancy Cook, and Bill Allison.
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