Presidential

Trump: Campaign has raised nearly $18 million since debate

Strategy Room: David Mercer and Brad Blakeman discuss Donald Trump's performance at Monday's debate at Hofstra University

 

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told supporters Tuesday that his campaign had raised nearly $18 million since Monday night's debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Earlier, Trump had tweeted that he had raised nearly $13 million in the previous 24 hours through online donations and “National Call Day,” a challenge for top fundraisers rewarded for pulling in at least $250,000.

“We’re still going! Thank you America! #MAGA" (Make America Great Again), Trump also said in the tweet. He announced the updated figure at an airport rally in Melbourne, Fla.

Most polls have Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton virtually tied, with less than six weeks before Election Day.

Trump, who essentially self-funded his primary campaign, has largely trailed Clinton in general election fundraising.

Clinton last month raised $143 million, compared to $90 million for Trump.

The announcement Tuesday -- the day after Trump and Clinton’s first debate -- was followed by a Trump campaign fundraising letter signed by Trump’s son and adviser, Eric Trump.

“I just learned that we’re only $1 MILLION away from raising a record amount of money in a 24-hour period,” reads the letter, which requests donations of $100 or less. “The press is reporting on it as we speak. But you and I both know that if we don’t break this record now, they’ll use that against us to boost Hillary.”

He also pointed out that both campaigns have just three days left before having to file their final, federal end-of-the-quarter fundraising report and that the second of their three debates is just 12 days away.

“We have to keep fighting, we have to keep pushing,” he wrote in closing. “We can’t get complacent and give up.”

This story is based in part on wire service reports.