In a major boost to his 2024 presidential campaign, Senator Tim Scott has surpassed $21 million in cash on hand, meeting all the fundraising requirements for the upcoming GOP primary debates.
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Scott’s campaign reported a remarkable $6.1 million fundraising haul in the second quarter alone, drawing support from over 75,000 donations and 53,000 unique donors across all 50 states. This grassroots-powered surge has positioned Scott in a historic position of strength, as no presidential candidate in American history has started with such grassroots backing.
Campaign manager Jennifer DeCasper emphasized Scott’s direct connection with voters, whether it be through appearances on shows like The View, town hall events in rural Iowa, or parades in New Hampshire.
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The campaign’s positive and optimistic message has resonated with supporters, leading to endorsements from nearly 150 South Carolina leaders and the establishment of a robust 70-person finance committee in Scott’s home state.
The TIM PAC super PAC, backing Scott’s campaign, also reported significant fundraising success, raising $19.28 million in the second quarter and amassing over $15 million in cash reserves by the end of June. This financial support further bolsters Scott’s campaign efforts.
However, Scott faces stiff competition from candidates with equally impressive fundraising hauls. Former President Donald Trump’s campaign and super PAC, Save America, recently announced over $35 million in fundraising over the past three months, nearly doubling their first-quarter totals of $18.8 million. Trump remains the frontrunner in the GOP nomination race.
To appeal to Iowa’s influential Christian voters, Scott is intensifying his efforts in the state. His campaign recently released a new ad as part of a $6 million buy, explicitly highlighting his Judeo-Christian values and presenting them as a guiding force for the nation. With more than 90% of Iowa Republicans identifying as Christian, Scott’s ad resonates with the state’s religious electorate. This advertising push is part of Scott’s larger strategy to position his faith and personal story at the forefront of his campaign, offering an optimistic alternative to other GOP candidates.
Nonetheless, Scott faces challenges in winning over a bloc that strongly supported former President Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. Competing candidates, such as Mike Pence, Trump’s former vice president, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, are also making appeals to religious voters in Iowa.
Despite the competition, Scott sees an opportunity to engage Iowa’s evangelical voters directly. He is scheduled to speak at the Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, presenting a valuable opportunity to connect with this influential voting bloc in person.
In the current Iowa Republican polls, Scott holds the fourth position at 3.7%, trailing behind Trump at 47.7%, DeSantis at 23.7%, and fellow South Carolinian Nikki Haley at 4%. In the national polls, Scott remains in fifth place at 3.3%, behind Trump, DeSantis, Pence, and Haley.
As the fundraising momentum grows and Scott focuses on Iowa’s Christian voters, his campaign aims to solidify his position in the GOP primary race. The outcome of this contest will have significant implications for the direction of the Republican Party and the future of the 2024 presidential election.