Donald Trump’s campaign said that it raised $331 million in the second quarter of the year, surpassing the reported $264 million raised by President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee over the same period. This narrows the cash advantage previously held by Biden and could undermine his efforts to reassure his party after the widely criticized debate performance last week, which has led to calls for him to withdraw, The Associated Press reports.

“Trump’s total includes $111.8 million that the campaign says it raised in June. That sum is less than the $127 million Biden reported raising last month, which includes more than $33 million on the day of the debate and in its aftermath,” the AP report said. “But Trump’s campaign reports that it ended the quarter with $284.9 million cash on hand, compared with $240 million reported by Biden.”

Trump campaign senior advisers Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles said in a statement: “President Trump’s campaign fundraising operation is thriving day after day and month after month. This fundraising momentum is likely to grow even more as we head into a world-class convention and see the Democrats continue their circular firing squad in the aftermath of Biden’s debate collapse.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the campaign arm of the House Republican Conference, announced last month that it had raised a “record-shattering $12.6 million” in May. In an emailed press release, the NRCC highlighted a “committee record” for May of an election year, surpassing the previous record set by the rivaling Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) of $11.9 million in May, Breitbart News reported.

“Growing the majority is a team effort, and we smashed this fundraising record with the help of everyday Americans and our incredible leadership team,” said NRCC Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) before taking aim at the far left. “Families don’t feel physically or financially secure with extreme Democrats running the country; they’re opening up their wallets to ensure there is no chance Democrats continue to wreak havoc on their daily lives next year.”

The NRCC received a significant boost at the end of the month following the verdict in former President Donald Trump’s Manhattan business records trial on May 30. According to Punchbowl News, it raised $300,000 on the day of the conviction, marking the best online fundraising day of the cycle. For comparison, on the day that Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) secured the gavel, the committee raised $175,000.

On June 6, Hudson informed the Washington Reporter that the NRCC had received “well over $1 million” in online fundraising in the days following the verdict. Almost a third of these donors were contributing to the NRCC for the first time. The committee has reported raising $147.4 million this cycle, which is nearly $10 million more than its fundraising figures at the same point in the 2020 cycle, Breitbart added.

In the midst of the busy political climate leading up to the 2024 Presidential election, AtlasIntel, known for its accurate 2020 predictions, published a new poll this week showing Trump ahead of Biden. The forecast comes at a crucial time as there is growing public concern about Biden’s cognitive health and suitability for office, particularly after his debate with Trump.

The former president is leading Biden by 5.2 points in a full-ballot estimate. This marks an increase from a February poll by the same agency, which had Trump leading by 2 points. They not correctly forecaset the popular vote in 2020 but also accurately reflected the sentiments in 2022. Their latest data indicates that Trump is leading with 45.5% compared to Biden’s 40.3%, with Robert Kennedy Jr. securing 10% of the vote as a third-party candidate.

Other findings from the poll included 56.3% disapprove of Biden’s performance as President while only 39.7% approve. 52.5% said they evaluated Biden’s performance as “bad/terrible,” 29.4% said “excellent/good,” and 17.6% said “regular.”

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