We can argue about whether or not a debate held less than two weeks before the election actually matters in terms of changing anyone’s mind, but it certainly proved to be a boost for the president’s reelection campaign in one way: It led to one of Trump’s biggest fundraising hauls of the entire year. Putting together the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, supporters gave the president his “largest digital fundraising day ever” after the final debate with Joe Biden. Clearly, either Trump’s donors saw something they really liked from the president on Thursday…or something they really hated from his opponent.
A fundraising haul like this is invaluable at this crucial point in the race. Polls be damned, it all comes down at this point to getting the vote out. If Trump’s supporters flock to the polls and Biden’s voters stay home, there is still an excellent chance of securing four more years. And with more than $26 million fresh dollars being injected into the campaign, Trump will have every opportunity to flood the airwaves with ads to go along with his in-person rallies, television interviews, and other methods of inspiring conservatives to come out and cast their ballots.
“Voters saw exactly what is at stake in this election: four more years of strengthening the economy, protecting American jobs, and revamping our broken health care system under President Trump versus Joe Biden’s ‘dark winter’ vision for America,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. “With only 11 days left until the most important election of our lifetimes, Trump Victory is using every resource to mobilize our volunteer army, reach every last voter, and deliver historic wins for President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot.”
Even the Democrats had to admit that the post-debate fundraising victory went to Trump. The Biden campaign sent out an email to supporters, warning them in plain and simple terms: “Trump outraised us.”
To literally no one’s surprise, everyone in the mainstream media declared Biden the winner of the second debate, even though Trump went out of his way to rein in his discipline and extend politeness to both Biden and moderator Kristen Welker. But Trump could have decimated every single one of Biden’s arguments in a precise and systematic way and Biden’s cheerleaders in the liberal press would have declared him the winner.
We say, forget about the insta-polls, forget about the focus groups, and forget about the op-eds. The financials tell the tale, and the financials say that Trump trounced Biden at the debate.
Is there enough time left to translate that last-minute victory into a big win at the voting booth?
We will soon find out.