Democrats Brace For Long 2020 Battle as Trump Raises Big Campaign Cash
Trump steams ahead with fundraising as 2020 looms
With the 2020 Democratic presidential field still boasting 14 candidates, a drawn-out nomination process is looking more and more likely.
As former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead with an average of 28% support nationwide, the remaining leading contenders like Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg are not far behind while outpacing in fundraising.
White House Hopefuls like former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, have launched last-minute bids.
Among others experiencing surges include Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and entrepreneur Andrew Yang,
But the strain in the Democratic feild was evident as Democratic contender Julian Castro dropped out of the race on Thursday.
Castro, who was the former Obama housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, was the only Latino in the field.
Democratic strategist Peter Fenn claimed it could be “a marathon rather than a sprint” before the Democratic nominee is announced,
“There is no question for the Democrats that the changes in the rules make it conceivable that this could possibly take a while,” Fenn said.
“The second thing is that you have a lot of candidates that, at least currently, are able to get to the 15% threshold and could get delegates and prevent somebody from getting a majority,” he continued.
Earlier this month, the Trump campaign raised a staggering $10 million in just one week, according to Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.
The campaign reported raising $46 million during the fourth quarter of 2019 to have more than $100 million cash on hand.
“You look at someone like Pete Buttigieg or Bernie, who’s got quite a juggernaut," Fenn said.
"They’re not going to run out of money unless they spend it very unwisely, and so they could keep ongoing for a while,” he added.
“Money for the Democrats is not going to be a problem. Money will pour into whoever the nominee is."
Trump also raised over $5 million for re-election in 2020 on the same day that Democrats voted in favor of his impeachment, according to the president's campaign team.
While House Democrats were pushing their partisan campaign to impeach their president, donations flooded in from Trump's supporters.
Following the vote, Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale wrote in a tweet that the huge $5m was taken in a single day.
President Donald Trump “has raised over 5M dollars (still growing) today as Americans use their wallet to show support against @SpeakerPelosi’s impeachment hoax!” Parscale said.