Trump And Republicans Raise $248 Million In September, Lagging Biden, Democrats

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President Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Pitt-Greenville Airport in Greenville, N.C., on Thursday.

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Adelsons Pump $75 Million Into Pro-Trump Super PAC In Election’s Final Stretch

Presidential Campaign TV Ad Spending Crosses $1 Billion Mark In Key States

Despite the disadvantage, Trump communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote on Twitter that «President Trump hits final stretch with strength, resources, record & huge ground game needed to spread message and secure re-election.»

Trump’s campaign has long been talking up its ground game, especially as Democrats for months opted against door-to-door canvassing amid the coronavirus pandemic, and as the Biden campaign maintains a greater presence on paid TV.

A recent NPR analysis of data from the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics found that Biden and Democratic allies have outspent Trump and supporting groups by $240 million on TV ads in six crucial states.

Trump did get a boost from one key Las Vegas couple in recent weeks, as casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam gave $75 million to a new super PAC that’s backing the president.

Last month, Trump also said he may spend some of his own money on his reelection bid.

It’s unusual for an incumbent to trail a challenger in fundraising, but Democrats — from Biden to candidates down the ballot in key Senate races — have been raising impressive sums of money in recent months.

  • 2020 presidential election

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