Is there a Ron DeSantis comeback happening in the Republican presidential primary? Ron DeSantis’ campaign said the candidate shattered expectations by bringing in $15 million during the third quarter fundraising period between his campaign committee, leadership PAC, and joint fundraising committee.
“Anyone that knows Ron DeSantis knows that he is a fighter, a winner, and a leader,” said campaign manager James Uthmeier. “This significant fundraising haul not only provides us with the resources we need in the fight for Iowa and beyond, but it also shuts down the doubters who counted out Ron DeSantis for far too long. Ron DeSantis is the only candidate with the vision to reverse America’s decline and the track record to prove he will get the job done. Thanks to the generous support of Americans looking for a leader who will deliver results, this campaign is built to last and win. Ron DeSantis is the only candidate in this race who can beat both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, revive our economy, secure the border, make America energy dominant, and end the weaponization of government once and for all.”
The announcement of DeSantis’ narrative-defying third quarter comes as he enters October firmly on offense. During the last two months, DeSantis has done well in both GOP debates, unveiled three new policies (economic, faith, and energy), and ramped up his media appearances with renewed focus on mainstream and non-traditional media.
The Florida Governor has also been spending a lot of time in the state of Iowa, visiting 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties, which his campaign says puts pressure on Trump in the early voting state.
DeSantis is also drawing a stark contrast with Donald Trump on key issues like support for the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, pro-life, Trump’s embrace of Fauci during COVID, border security, and spending. Ron DeSantis has also challenged Donald Trump to debate his record and vision for the future.
But the latest fundraising numbers are what the campaign said signals the momentum is on their side.
“The haul is the most emphatic signal yet that the momentum behind his comeback candidacy is continuing to build as we near the 100 day countdown to the Iowa Caucus,” the DeSantis campaign said.