Biden smashes new fundraising record in September

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WASHINGTON | Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden smashed his own monthly record by raising $ 383 million in September, thanks in part to an avalanche of donations after his first televised duel against Donald Trump, who did much worse at 248 million .

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Motivated by the first stormy debate against the Republican president, but also the death of the progressive judge of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the democratic donors mobilized like never before in the United States.

Good news for Joe Biden, who leads in the polls 18 days ahead of the November 3 presidential election.

The former vice-president of Barack Obama announced Wednesday evening that he had received $ 383 million in September. “A record,” said its campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, who said that 203 million had been paid online.

“We have $ 432 million” in cash available “in the bank,” she said.

Opposite, billionaire Donald Trump has collected $ 247.8 million, his campaign leader, Tim Murtaugh, announced Thursday evening. He has 251.4 million in cash.

Despite the financial advantage and in the polls, Jen O’Malley Dillon hammered it this week: nothing is won yet for the Democrat, “we think the race is much closer” than what is being said on Twitter , she notably tweeted.

After the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on September 18, small donors indignant that this icon of feminism could be replaced by a conservative magistrate had paid more than $ 100 million, in one weekend, on the ActBlue platform, which raises funds for Democratic candidates for presidential, parliamentary and local elections.

In August, Joe Biden and his allies had already passed a historic bar by raising 364.5 million.

These vertiginous amounts crush, by far, the previous record recorded by Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in September 2008, with nearly $ 200 million.

Preparing for his re-election campaign since arriving at the White House in January 2017, Donald Trump, 74, left with a comfortable financial advantage.

But as he walked out of the Democratic primary with worrying counts, Joe Biden, 77, the Democratic Party and support groups largely caught up.

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