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Former President Donald Trump had a great evening of fundraising late last month during an event held at his Mar-a-Lago estate that should have Joe Biden’s campaign concerned.
Trump managed to haul in $6 million, marking one of the highest single-event fundraising efforts of his 2024 campaign, according to the outlet OK! Magazine.
“During his speech, which lasted over an hour and a half, Trump touted his lead in the polls and took jabs at his opponents, including President Joe Biden and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He also spoke about his record as president and his plans for future policies,” the outlet reported, adding that former NFL stars Mike and Maurkice Pouncey were among the notable guests.
Bill White, CEO of Constellations Group and a longtime friend of the former president and current 2024 GOP leader, praised the speech.
“While his polls have gone up, he said the gloves are off with Biden,” White told reporters, adding that Trump’s speech was forward-looking and focused on the current problems facing the nation under Biden.
He also said that Trump touted his foreign policy successes, pledging to rein in Hamas, Iran, North Korea, and China.
“The fundraiser was a significant success for Trump’s campaign, with the $6 million raised in a single night making it one of the biggest fundraising events of his 2024 campaign,” OK! Magazine added.
Meanwhile, Trump has moved ahead of President Joe Biden in four vitally important swing states, roughly a year ahead of the 2024 election, as his election campaign hits high gear and he continues to put distance between himself and the remaining GOP primary field.
According to a survey of registered voters conducted late last week by The New York Times and Siena College, Trump is leading Biden in Nevada 52-41 percent after Biden narrowly won the state in 2020. Meanwhile, Trump also leads Biden in Georgia 49-43 percent.
“Trump leads Biden in Arizona, too, with 49% to the president’s 44%. In Michigan, Trump holds a 5-point lead as well: 48% to Biden’s 43%,” CNN reported, citing the survey.
The former president is also leading Biden in Pennsylvania, a state he won in 2016 but lost in 2020, by a 4-point margin, 48-44 percent. Trump trails Biden in Wisconsin, however, 47-45 percent.
The outlet noted further:
The latest battleground state polling underscores the considerable challenges facing Biden’s reelection bid, including low job approval ratings and questions about his age and ability to steer the country. The poll results are especially striking for Biden, given Trump’s mounting legal troubles. The former president faces 91 criminal charges across four indictments. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz downplayed the polling in a statement Sunday, telling CNN: “Predictions more than a year out tend to look a little different a year later.”
“Coming off those historic 2022 midterms, President Biden’s campaign is hard at work reaching and mobilizing our diverse, winning coalition of voters one year out on the choice between our winning, popular agenda and MAGA Republicans’ unpopular extremism. We’ll win in 2024 by putting our heads down and doing the work, not by fretting about a poll,” Munoz added.
Still, Biden appears to have a hill to climb that gets steeper by the month. One voter in Pennsylvania told The Times: “The world is falling apart under Biden.”
“I would much rather see somebody that I feel can be a positive role model for the country. But at least I think Trump has his wits about him,” the voter added.
All said, however, Trump does face challenges of his own: He has been indicted in four separate cases and is currently set to testify in a civil fraud trial on Monday in Manhattan regarding a lawsuit filed by Democratic Attorney General Letitia James, who vowed to ‘get’ him during her 2018 campaign.