DeSantis Campaign Raises $20 Million In Second Quarter, Trailing Trump’s Haul

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis raised $20 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2023, according to a press release.

DeSantis’ campaign fundraising since his late May announcement is the highest first quarter totals of any non-incumbent president in over a decade, according to the press release. The Florida governor’s announcement comes after former President Donald Trump’s campaign Wednesday released its second quarter fundraising totals, to the tune of $35 million. (RELATED: Trump Rakes In $35 Million In Second-Quarter Fundraising)

“Joe Biden’s leftist policies are destroying the country, and Republicans are excited to invest in a winner ready to lead America’s revival,” said campaign manager Generra Peck. “We are grateful for the investment so many Americans have made to get this country back on track. The fight to save it will be long and challenging, but we have built an operation to share the governor’s message and mobilize the millions of people who support it. We are ready to win.”

US President Donald Trump is greeted by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at Southwest Florida International Airport October 16, 2020, in Fort Myers, Florida. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Combined with the super political action committee supporting the governor’s White House bid, Never Back Down, DeSantis has raised a total of $150 million, according to the super PAC’s Twitter.

In the first fundraising quarter of Trump’s third presidential bid, the former president raised $3.8 million, and in his second fundraising quarter, he raised $14.5 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings. In DeSantis’ first four hours of being a candidate, he raised $8.2 million, in comparison to South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s $2 million.

The Real Clear Politics (RCP) average for a 2024 national Republican primary, based on polls conducted between June 10 and June 26, indicate that the former president is leading the crowded field by over 30 points, followed by DeSantis at 20.9%.

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