Democrats running for president in 2020 have raised more than three times as much as the incumbent president did in 2019, according to a recent report.
President Donald Trump raised a total of $143.8 million in 2019, compared to a combined $515.6 million for his Democrat challengers, according to an analysis conducted by CNBC News.
President Barack Obama’s main Republican opponents also outraised him in 2011, but by a far smaller margin. George W. Bush beat his top Democrat opponents’ fundraising totals in 2003. Both Obama and Bush were ultimately successful in their re-election bids.
In 2011, Obama reportedly raised $128.3 million. That figure was notably less than the $143.8 million Trump raised in 2019, and slightly less than the $139 million earned by all of his 2012 Republican rivals combined.
In 2003, Bush raised $132.7 million (also less than Trump’s 2019 haul), but slightly more than the $130.6 million raised by his Democrat challengers.
Trump led all other Democrat campaigns individually in fourth-quarter fundraising, including socialist U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D–VT), who currently leads the pack.
The president’s campaign said it raised $46 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, exceeding Sanders’ haul by 33 percent, who raised $34.5 million over the same time frame.
Pete Buttigieg ranked second at $24.7 million, or 71 percent of Sanders’ haul. Joe Biden trailed in third place at $22.7 million, or only 65 percent of what Sanders raised and less than half of Trump’s support.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–MA) ranked fourth at $22.2 million raised in the fourth quarter. Andrew Yang raised $16.5 million, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D–MN) $11.4 million, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D–NJ) $6.6. million, and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D–HI) raised $3.4 million.
While Booker has ended his campaign, Gabbard remains.