And It Looks like We Have Our First 2020 Democratic Drop Out

By Townhall. Well, it looks like we could have our first Democratic drop out for the 2020 race. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has tried to get a foothold in this race. It hasn’t worked out. The collapse has been quite rapid. His staff was reportedly jumping ship, with his finance director leaving to join Beto O’Rourke’s (he’s really a white guy named Bob) campaign, which will also end in failure. Still, for those looking for work in this arena, Beto is a few more weeks of oxygen (via Politico):

The national finance director for John Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign is departing and joining rival Beto O’Rourke’s effort, O’Rourke’s campaign told POLITICO on Monday.

The aide, Dan Sorenson, is leaving the former two-term Colorado governor the day after the deadline for 2nd-quarter fundraising and after last week’s Democratic debate — an ominous sign for a presidential bid that has struggled to gain traction.

Twenty-four hours later, we have reports of Hickenlooper’s senior aides telling him to drop out…a month ago. Oh, and he’s about to completely run out of money:

The source said that the campaign only has about 13,000 donors, making it almost impossible to qualify for the next round of presidential debates in the fall. The campaign also only raised just over $1 million in the second quarter — about what he raised in the first 48 hours of his candidacy — and will likely run out of money completely in about a month.

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2020 Democratic presidential candidates reveal second quarter fundraising efforts

By CBS News. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are revealing how deep and broad their support is, after 20 candidates met onstage in two consecutive nights for the first primary debates in June. . .

Every Democratic candidate is likely to fall well short of President Trump’s fundraising numbers in the second quarter. According to the Trump campaign, the president and his joint campaign committees raised $54 million while the Republican National Committee raised $51 million. The Trump campaign raised over $30 million in the first quarter of the year. . .

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders raised $24 million in the second quarter, according his campaign, although $6 million was transferred from previous accounts. . .

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $24.8 million in the second quarter of 2019, more than tripling his fundraising from the first quarter of the year and indicating his staying power in the race for the White House. (Read more from “2020 Democratic presidential candidates reveal second quarter fundraising efforts” HERE)

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