Two GOP Candidates Enjoy Fundraising Surge Post-Debate


Former vice president Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy speak in a debate hosted by Fox News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023 at the Fiserv Forum.
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In the aftermath of the first Republican debate in Milwaukee, both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy witnessed a significant influx in campaign fundraising.

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DeSantis’ campaign reported a contribution of over $1 million within 24 hours of the debate. DeSantis’ campaign manager James Uthmeier expressed enthusiasm about the campaign’s momentum, stating: “Ron DeSantis showed Wednesday night that he is a proven leader who will deliver results as president, and we are thrilled with the flood of support we have received since his debate victory.”

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On the other hand, political newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy also experienced a surge in donations, acquiring $460,000 on the night of the debate and an additional $600,000 the following day. This boosted his campaign’s total by more than $1 million within a day.

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A Washington Post poll in collaboration with FiveThirtyEight and Ipsos revealed that the fundraising figures align with how the GOP voters perceived the debate. DeSantis was seen as narrowly clinching the victory with 29 percent of respondents deeming him the winner, closely followed by Ramaswamy at 26 percent.

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Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley secured third place, polling in double digits at 15 percent, with former Vice President Mike Pence trailing at 7 percent and both South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tying at 4 percent.


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