As speculation continues to swirl about his plans for 2024, former President Donald Trump’s fundraising efforts have suffered a bit of a fall in recent months, having been eclipsed by those of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, as the Washington Examiner reports.
The outlet noted that recent campaign finance filings show that in the first half of 2022, Trump brought in at least $36 million, a figure that represents a drop from the $56 million total he notched during the same six-month period in 2021.
This outcome, according to the Examiner, is the first instance in which Trump’s haul has dipped below $50 million in any half-year time frame since he departed the White House, and places him behind DeSantis, whose campaign coffers raked in roughly $45 million during the first six months of 2022.
The head-to-head fundraising comparison, however, may not be especially instructive, as the outlet notes, given that DeSantis is seeking re-election to the office of governor, and it is not even clear whether Trump plans to announce a second run for the White House, though he recently indicated that the decision has indeed been made, just not yet announced.
Though Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans might be eager to declare the fundraising lull to be evidence of the former president’s waning popularity, recent polling suggests that he remains the front runner among other potential GOP candidates, if the primary were held today.
The guessing game on whether Trump will throw his hat into the presidential ring once more has been heating up in recent days, and there appears to be a growing consensus that another campaign is indeed in the offing.
During a recent appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Rich Lowry of National Review offered his take on the situation, saying, “I think there’s probably, maybe, a 15% chance he doesn’t run, but very likely, he’s in.”
As Breitbart recently noted, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is in frequent contact with the former president, seems to believe that his entry into the race is perhaps a foregone conclusion, telling Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade that Trump is “very inclined to run,” largely because the country is now “broken in so many areas” due to the policies of President Joe Biden.
“I think he has unfinished business… . He’s dismayed at how the border’s so broken, how bad the country is,” Graham said, adding, “[h]e’s got a good life, but I think he feels the need to get back in the game,” and if the senator is correct, 2024 is about to get a whole lot more interesting.