(DailyVantage.com) – Former Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley released some impressive fundraising numbers on Wednesday.
According to her campaign, Haley has accrued over $11 million in campaign funds since she announced her bid for President. For reference, Haley declared her candidacy on February 14th, just six weeks ago.
The campaign touted that the vast majority of the donations were less than $200 each, implying that Haley is not funded by big money, but rather, by grassroots support.
Furthermore, Haley’s team bragged that they have, so far, raised more than former President Donald Trump in his first quarter. Trump, by comparison, raised $9.5 million.
Betsy Ankney, Haley’s campaign manager, wrote in a statement that “voters and donors are clearly responding to Nikki’s conservative message and her call for a new generation of leadership to make America strong and proud.”
Haley has, since the start of her campaign, harped on this “new generation of leadership” talking point. Many older politicians, she has argued, are just not up to the task and should step aside to make room for new blood.
Back in February, Haley elicited a media firestorm when she called for “mandatory mental competency tests” for politicians over the age of 75. In her statement she was not only zeroing in on President Biden, but also her former boss, Donald Trump.
During her campaign kick-off speech in her home state of South Carolina, Haley declared that “In the America I see, the permanent politician will finally retire.” She also called for term limits.
As of right now, though, Haley has not polled well, regardless of her impressive fundraising numbers. According to the RealClearPolitics averages, Haley is in fourth place with just 4.5% of the vote.
The real race remains between former President Trump and Florida Governor DeSantis.
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