(PresidentialWire.com)- According to a study by Axios on Wednesday, Republican candidates in the ten most competitive Senate races have received $75 million less than their Democratic opponents from small-scale contributors. This is in comparison to the amount raised by Democratic candidates.
The Republican Party has historically earned more money from “small-dollar donors,” which refers to individuals who make pledges of less than $200. However, the GOP has seen a decline in donations from this key demographic of over $75 million in the current election cycle. According to Axios, former President Donald Trump is the only Republican exception still doing well at the grassroots level. He has accumulated more than $60 million from smaller donors during this election cycle; however, he is not giving a significant portion of these funds to Republican candidates.
According to Axios, Trump’s success with smaller donors stands in stark contrast to even the following most successful small-donor fundraisers for the Republican Party, such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker. Rubio and Walker have raised $13 million and $8 million from donations of less than $200, but their competitors’ small-dollar campaigns are still trouncing them.
The most severe illustration of the issue can be seen in Arizona, where Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly has received nearly $23 million from small-scale contributors. In comparison, his three Republican competitors have pulled in less than $2 million together.
Axios reported that Republican national committees have been able to make up some of the difference, breaking overall fundraising records this election cycle. However, grassroots fundraising is an issue that needs to be monitored as it may be “contributing to the chance of a Republican Senate debacle despite the enviable political environment,” according to the report.
$44 million has been spent on advertising campaigns across the Republican primaries in five states by political organizations and nonprofits affiliated with the Democratic Party. These states are California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Maryland. The goal of these campaigns is to raise the profile of candidates on the far right.
The Democrats’ plan is based on the notion that these candidates will be easier to defeat in a general election. Many of these contenders have accused the 2020 presidential campaign stolen from former President Donald Trump.
The left believes this is negative that will resonate with the general population.
In at least three surveys, the percentage of Republicans who said they didn’t trust the election came in around 65%. The number of people who believe the election was fraudulent has hovered at approximately 35% since November 2020.