2024 GOP Primary Field Sees Leader in Fundraising Beyond Deadline

The third-quarter fundraising disclosures for prominent GOP presidential contenders were published this Sunday.

The released reports hold significant importance in assessing the political viability of candidates as they enter the final phase before the official start of the Primary season.

Former President Donald Trump has emerged as the dominant fundraiser, surpassing all other GOP contenders. The top three candidates trailing Trump in fundraising include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.

According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Trump also maintains the highest amount of cash on hand, with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) following in second place, and DeSantis and Haley coming after.

In response to the report, Trump’s campaign spokesperson, Seven Cheung, conveyed to the Daily Caller, “Team Trump raised an impressive $45.5 million in the third quarter, with $37.5 million in available cash, significantly surpassing the fundraising of any other 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.”

As per FEC records, Trump generated $24.5 million in the third quarter and currently possesses $37.5 million in available cash. DeSantis secured the second spot by reportedly raising $11.2 million and maintaining $12.3 million in cash on hand.

Haley secured the third position with her third-quarter fundraising amounting to $8.2 million, and she has $11.6 million in available cash.

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.”

Vivek Ramaswamy occupies the fourth position, having accumulated $7.4 million in fundraising and maintaining $4.2 million in available cash.

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…His campaign is built for the long haul and [we] will continue to share Tim’s message to protect the American dream for generations to come.”

The RealClearPolitics polling data from September 27 to October 9 reveals that in the 2024 national Republican primary, Donald Trump is leading by an impressive margin, with over a 40-point lead. Following Trump, the standings are as follows: DeSantis is polling at 12.9%, Haley has risen to the second position with 7.6%, Ramaswamy is at 6.2%, and Pence is in fifth place with 3.7%. Meanwhile, Christie and Scott have received 2.8% and 2% of the support, respectively, while all other GOP contenders garnered less than 1%.

As for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, they reported raising $24.8 million during the third fundraising quarter and ended the period with $32.2 million in cash on hand, according to the FEC filing.