“There’s no bigger juggernaut right now in fundraising than President Donald Trump,” said Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee chairwoman, on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Friday night.
“The RNC and President Trump combined raised $125 million in the third quarter,” she continued.
“We have $156 million cash on hand and there’s nobody even close.”
Her comments came in the context of reports that two Democrats — Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana — have been hauling in some major cash after the most recent debate by those on the Left.
It was the fourth of this election season and took place in Ohio this past week.
The fifth debate will be held on November 20 in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.
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McDaniel also said on “Hannity” on Friday night about former Vice President Joe Biden, “He’s not been able to solidify any frontrunner status. And now the donors are saying, ‘Oh my goodness, we’ve got to find another person.'”
Biden’s lead in the polls appears to be “dissipating,” McDaniel also said.
But she pointed out that the Democratic presidential primary field isn’t likely to winnow down any time soon.
Democratic candidates, in order to qualify for the fifth debate, must meet both a polling and fundraising requirement, as Newsweek pointed out.
The polling requirement would be achieved by reaching the four-poll threshold or the early state polling threshold, it also noted.
“Under the four-poll threshold, candidates must receive at least 3 percent support in four national polls or single-state polls from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada. All four polls must either be sponsored by a different qualifying poll sponsor or, if they share a sponsor, be in different geographical areas.”
“If a candidate wants to qualify under the early state polling threshold, they must receive five percent or more support in two single-state polls,” Newsweek also said. “Those polls must be from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada. The early state polling threshold does not have sponsor or geographical area restrictions.”
Regarding the funding piece of it: “To meet the grassroots fundraising threshold, candidates must receive donations from at least 165,000 unique donors and a minimum of 600 unique donors per state in at least 20 states, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia. Donations must be received by November 13 at 11:59 p.m. and confirmed on a certification executed by the candidate’s campaign treasurer.”
The first caucuses, by the way, are in Iowa — on Feb. 3, 2020.
Those are followed closely by the New Hampshire primaries on Feb. 11, 2019.
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