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Warren is Struggling with Home State Donors

Many of these Democrats donated to Warren’s reelect in 2018, but they’re not on board with her presidential bid in 2020.

By NTK Staff | 05.10.2019 @9:49am
Warren is Struggling with Home State Donors

Many Massachusetts Democrats were more than happy to donate to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) reelection campaign in 2018. But according to an analysis by the Boston Globe, only a fraction of those donors are contributing to Warren’s presidential campaign so far.

Warren’s ability to raise money has been cause for concern from the start of her campaign. After the first quarter FEC filings were tallied, the Massachusetts Democrat finished solidly in the middle of the presidential PAC, raising just $6 million in three months. She trailed Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kamala Harris, as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN).

Making matters worse, that first quarter report also indicated that Warren’s campaign is bleeding money. Her campaign spent 87 cents of every dollar she raised. That’s an unsustainable burn rate that will have to come under control if she wants to survive this primary.

That’s why statistics like this one should be particularly troubling to Warren’s campaign:

Of the 1,216 Massachusetts residents who gave $1,000 or more to Warren’s Senate reelection campaign in 2017 and 2018, just 129 donated at least $200 to Warren’s presidential campaign during the first quarter of this year, and of those, 14 also donated at least that to another candidate. Forty-six of her big reelection donors gave at least $200 to another candidate instead of backing Warren.

In theory, the donors living in Warren’s backyard should be the easiest to win over. Instead, she’s struggling with them just as much as she is nationally.

Warren wants desperately to be the “ideas” candidate in the Democratic primary, but unless her next idea is how to raise more money for her campaign, her campaigning days might be numbered.

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