Biden Trails Bernie and Buttigieg in Recent Q3 Fundraising

Joe Biden fell behind Bernie, Warren, Buttigieg in Q3 fundraising.

Per Andrew Malcolm:

Dollars are votes at this stage of Dem race & Joe is losing: 3dQ fundraising Bernie $25.3M, Warren $24.6M, Mayor Pete $19.2M, Biden $15.2M, $7M less than he got in 2dQ

Time reports Joe Biden trailed rivals Sen. Bernie Sanders and Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in July, August and September fundraising, setting up what will be another round of questions about whether the former Vice President really is the best candidate to challenge President Donald Trump‘s re-election.

Elizabeth Warren has yet to announce her third-quarter fundraising haul, potentially adding another hiccup to Biden’s claim that he is the strongest Democrat in the field.

Biden recently told donors in Palo Alto, Calif., that his campaign was expected to announce a $15 million third-quarter fundraising number, according to Bloomberg. That’s off from the $21.5 million he raised in the second quarter as a brand-new contender. Most candidates see a donor drop-off during the summer lull, but any perceived dip to Biden’s aura of inevitability face high scrutiny, especially among activists and donors who, above all else, want someone who can defeat Trump.

It seems, though, that Biden made up for some serious lost ground in a final sprint. On Sept. 27 — ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline — he offered figures about how many donors had contributed and at what levels that suggested he was sitting at about $9.3 million for the quarter.

Biden is facing trouble coming at him from all corners. Trump is telling foreign governments that he wants to see them launch an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Trump and the Republican National Committee are spending $10 million on a media campaign trying to frame the Bidens as corrupt and profiteers, and an ad submitted to CNN is seen as so misleading that the cable channel refuses to run it.

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