Trump Trails Clinton In Cash And The National Polls
The presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton raised $28.28 million in May and has more than $42 million in cash on hand, according to monthly fundraising totals released on Monday afternoon. The campaign a massive ground game in place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, he finished May with just $1.3 million in the bank. It’s a troublingly low cash position that came as a double blow on the same day that Trump fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
Trump’s end-of-May finances, revealed in a report to the Federal Election Commission delivered Monday night, is strikingly low for a presumptive nominee of a major party.
Trump raised just $3.1 million for his campaign during May, a month that began with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declaring Trump the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party.
It should also be noted that Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, which has not yet been suspended raised $15.6 million in the month of May. Sanders, has more than $9.2 million in cash on hand, Federal Election Commission reports show.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Monday announced it raised $11 million during its May fundraising drive.
“The resources we’ve raised this cycle have allowed us to continue building the best-staffed, most wide-reaching and most data-driven ground game in our party’s history,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Trump has virtually no ground game in any state let alone all 50 states with less than a month before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Trump and his top lieutenants have been publicly projecting confidence, and insisting they don’t need as much money as Clinton does to win.
They feel that $500 million is what they will need to raise to go head to head with Clinton in the general election because they feel like they can take advantage of free media as they did in the primaries. Plus, it is also very clear that Trump doesn’t like raising money.
Trump, who loves to boast about his ability to self-fund his campaign, he clearly needs to raise cash and it is tough for a billionaire to ask for money. He is not comfortable asking for money for is campaign, so he is asking for cash in cities only where he is doing campaign events.
While, the money is not rolling in and the second bit of bad news comes in new polls. Clinton holds a 5-point lead over Trump, in a new poll. Clinton leads Trump, 47 to 42 percent, in the CNN/ORC Poll released this morning.
The CNN poll is closely mirroring the numbers from an NBC News/Survey Monkey weekly tracking poll released early today. That online poll shows Clinton with a 6-point lead over Trump, compared to a 2-point lead just two weeks ago.
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