Former frontrunning Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s only slips these days aren’t just coming from his lips via gaffs and false claims – he is now trailing three other competitors in the race to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House.
The former vice president only hauled in $15.2 million for the July–September third quarter, which is even lower than the first openly homosexual candidate to run for president, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.), who drew in $19.1 million for the period to claim third place in the race.
Despite his recent heart attack, self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is now leading all other candidates’ campaigns with $25.3 million collected, and he is trailed closely by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with $24.6 million.
With Sanders’ recent decline in health, many consider Warren the new frontrunner for the Democratic ticket for the 2020 election, but she is still trying to shake the “Fauxcohontas” nickname she earned for falsely claiming she had Native American blood in her genes – a claim for which she apologized to American Indians last month.
Fall from short-lived glory?
The latest figures are believed to be a cause of concern for the Biden campaign.
“The 2020 Democratic hopefuls released their fundraising totals for Q3 [Thursday and Friday], and many are saying the Biden campaign should be nervous about its cashflow,” Townhall announced. “Biden was out-raised by most of his rivals …”
Giving his conservative take on Biden’s plummet to fourth place, Turning Point USA (TPUSA) Chief Creative Officer Benny Johnson believes that the Democratic Party is in sad shape now that its frontrunner continues his downward spiral in the polls and campaign funds.
"So Joe Biden is the 'Front Runner,’ but he trailed Pete Buttigieg in third quarter fundraising,” Johnson tweeted Thursday. “Is this what Winning looks like to Democrats?"
The future of the Biden campaign isn’t viewed optimistically by those of the left, either.
“Democratic strategists say the ‘devastating number’ is a clear warning sign for Biden as he battles to be his party's 2020 standard-bearer,” Fox News reported about the once-unrivaled frontrunner. “First, he lost his clear lead in the polls over the rest of the record-setting field of Democratic presidential contenders. Now, Biden has been eclipsed by three of his rivals for their party’s 2020 nomination in the crucial race for campaign cash.”
A complete rundown of third quarter campaign financing for the remaining presidential Democratic candidates was provided by ABC News’ Johnny Verhovek.
“Here's how the rest of the candidate's did with donors: update: @BernieSanders $25.3 mil, @ewarren $24.6 mil, @PeteButtigieg $19.1 mil, @JoeBiden $15.2 mil, @KamalaHarris $11.6 mil, @AndrewYang $10 mil, @CoryBooker $6 mil, @marwilliamson $3 mil, @MichaelBennet $2.1 mil,” Vehhovek tweeted Friday.
Biden stalling or shifting gears?
From catastrophic to hopeful, different perspectives were given from the left about Biden’s lackluster third-quarter haul.
“This is a devastating number for Joe Biden,” a Democratic strategist wishing to remain anonymous expressed, according to Fox News. “[With the primary and caucus voting coming in only four months, this is a time when candidates are supposed to be showing momentum and strength going into the early contests. This number shows that his operation is basically treading water and being left behind by more dynamic campaigns.”
Warning signs were also raised by another anonymous Democratic consultant.
“[Biden’s fundraising figures] should raise some serious questions about whether Joe Biden has the chops to raise the money necessary to compete in a general election and whether he can excite the Democratic base that is giving an enormous number of small-dollar contributions to other candidates,” the unnamed source told Fox.
Even Biden conceded his third-quarter total was disappointingly behind others’.
“We haven't raised what a lot of people have,” the former VP conceded Thursday during a fundraiser in Palo Alto, California, according to Fox News. “We got started way later than everybody else, but we’ve raised – this last quarter – $15 million, in the middle of summer.”
Biden’s longtime friend and fundraiser, Larry Rasky – who served as his senior advisor during his unsuccessful presidential runs in 1988 and 2008 – wasn’t as pessimistic.
“I’m relatively happy with the Biden numbers – obviously they could always be higher,” Rasky said, according to Fox. “[Raising funds wasn’t] the top priority of the campaign [over the last three months with staffers focusing on boosting grassroots support].”
He said what really matters is what happens in upcoming months.
“I think the numbers give them what they need to compete and try and win in February,” Rasky offered. “Third quarter numbers are tough historically for candidates and a candidate like Joe – who may not have as big a grassroots base as Sanders and Warren – but the number [will] get us there.”
He indicated his fundraising expectations for the fourth quarter are much higher, saying, “There’s more intensity as we start the quarter off.”
Another concern for Biden’s floundering campaign is his alleged unscrupulous dealings as vice president involving his son overseas.
“One question mark for Biden going forward involves his connection to the newly launched Trump impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill,” Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser pointed out. “Trump is under fire from Democrats over his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he urged Zelensky to investigate the Biden family over their business dealings in Ukraine. Critics say this amounted to seeking foreign assistance in a U.S. election.”
But as Democrats seek to sink Trump’s ship, they could also be downing Biden, who’s allegedly had an attorney fired for investigating his son’s $50,000/month salary from a natural gas company.
“Biden’s son, Hunter, served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president,” Steinhauser noted. “Trump and fellow Republicans have questioned Biden's role pushing for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had been looking into corruption at the company.”
And less Americans appear to behind Biden, with a recent Monmouth University poll showing 43% of registered voters believing Trump’s assertion that Biden threatened Ukrainian officials so they wouldn’t investigate his son’s business dealings, while 37% doubt the president’s claim. The poll also indicated approximately 40% don’t think Trump should be reelected, with 57% saying it’s time for someone else to be president.
Sources told Fox a soon-to-be formed super PAC could give Biden the boost he needs to regain Party dominance.