FIRST ON FOX – Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy raised $7.4 million during the third quarter of 2023, according to Ramaswamy’s campaign.
The funding includes a $1 million in-kind contribution the biotech multimillionaire made to his campaign in the third quarter.
Ramaswamy now has more than 130,000 unique donors, almost double the 70,000 required to participate in the third debate.
According to his campaign, Ramaswamy received more than 143,000 individual donations in the third quarter from more than 78,000 unique donors, for an average contribution of $38 over the past three months. It saw a 198% increase in gross amount raised over the past three months and a 121% increase in donations compared to the second quarter.
Among donors, his campaign touts that nearly 40 percent are first-time Republican donors, while pointing out that other candidates’ averages are low, in the single digits.
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The fundraising period included the first two Republican debates, during which Ramaswamy made his first impression on millions of voters and was a major target of his Republican rivals on the debate stage.
Ramaswamy’s numbers come as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign touted $15 million raised in the third quarter, while former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s campaign says it brought in $11 million . However, their numbers pale in comparison to the $45.5 million raised during former President Trump’s campaign during the same period.
All four candidates have already met the RNC’s polling and donor requirements for the third primary debate scheduled for Nov. 8 in Miami. Ramaswamy’s campaign told FOX News Digital that he surpassed the total of 130,000 unique donors, nearly double the required 70,000 donors.
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Ramaswamy has highlighted border security in recent days, following the horrific attacks on Israel by the Hamas terrorist group. The political outsider recently traveled to Eagle Pass, Texas, and the New Hampshire-Canada border to expose vulnerabilities.
He also discussed a potential debate with Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., following news of DeSantis’ Nov. 30 showdown with Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who would be moderated by Sean Hannity of FOX News.
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The latest FOX News poll released last week showed Ramaswamy with 7% support among GOP voters, placing him fourth behind Haley at 10%, DeSantis at 13% and Trump, who maintains a sizable lead at 59%.
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