Which 2024 presidential candidate is the biggest spender so far?


Ron DeSantis is the biggest spender in 2024, even surpassing former President Donald Trump with $9 million and President Joe Biden with $2 million. Florida’s governor has focused on Iowa, spending nearly half of his total $46 million on television, digital and radio ads to convince Republicans in the nation’s first primary state to stand up for him.

Candidates and the Political Action Committees (PACs) that back them have already spent more than $250 million on advertising so far, with a year to go until the election, according to a Financial Times analysis, including money from candidates who have already were out of the running. . A large majority of the spending was focused on Iowa ahead of the Jan. 15 caucuses. So far, all candidates combined have pumped $84.23 million into the Hawkeye State.

The next highest state spending is $47.61 million in New Hampshire, which is hosting the second caucuses and the first elections of the primary season, followed by spending in South Carolina, where candidates spent just $6.6 million. More than half of the spending in South Carolina, where the fourth primary will take place in February, was made by DeSantis and the PACs supporting him, as they have already transferred $3.7 million there.

While Georgia is not an early primary state, it is a key state for securing the nomination and general election victory. So far, candidates have spent $6.07 million there — even though the Peach State primary isn’t until May 21, 2024. DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley are often tied for second in Iowa — a significant distance behind leader Trump. But Haley’s $16.4 million in spending in Iowa pales in comparison to DeSantis’ $20.6 million in the state.

While Florida’s governor has spent the most of anyone in the 2024 race, President Biden is in second place with ad spending of $44 million and Trump is in third place with $37 million. Haley came in fourth with $32 million and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott with $24 million before dropping out of the race after the third Republican primary debate in Miami, Florida earlier this month.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, a billionaire, has spent $20 million on TV, radio and digital advertising. After that, expenditure on the other candidates drops sharply.

Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, despite being a millionaire, has spent just $8 million on ads, even though he consistently ranks among the top four Republican candidates along with Trump, DeSantis and Haley.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has spent just $4 million, which is likely a result of the fact that he has focused almost no part of his campaign on appealing to voters in Iowa – and since launching his bid, he has not once set foot in the state. It’s no surprise that Republican spending far exceeds Democratic spending, as Biden is almost certainly the nominee on his side, while the Republican Party has a competitive primary — though not too competitive with Trump with a large lead. Read the full story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12804983/ron-desantis-biggest-spender-2024-election.html?ito=msngallery