The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and their authorized joint fundraising committees raked in a massive $26 million around the final debate between the president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday night, Oct. 22.
“This was the re-election effort’s largest digital fundraising day ever, raising 30 percent more and reactivating 20 percent more past donors than previous debates,” the campaign announced in a statement on Friday.
The campaign added that October is Trump Victory’s largest online fundraising month ever, with this increase in donations doubled the size of the surge that propelled President Trump to victory in 2016—this time a week earlier.
The record-breaking online fundraising haul is powering the largest infrastructure in political history, with only 11 days to go until Election Day, the campaign said.
Gary Coby, the campaign’s digital director, said that a surge in online donations in the final days of 2016 led directly to the victory, and “That surge is here again—triple in size and a week earlier than in 2016!”
According to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, the president’s significantly improved performance at the final debate motivated supporters to contribute in a historic way.
“Voters saw exactly what is at stake in this election: four more years of strengthening the economy, protecting American jobs, and revamping our broken health care system under President Trump versus Joe Biden’s ‘dark winter’ vision for America,” she said.
McDaniel added that Trump Victory is using every resource in the final days before Election Day to mobilize a volunteer army, reach every last voter, and deliver historic wins for President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot.
Recently, the joint effort between the Trump campaign and RNC surpassed 2.5 million volunteers, besting the widely heralded Obama’s re-election to become the largest campaign in political history.
While Biden and the Democrats have no ground game and are solely relying on ads, the Trump campaign said that Trump Victory is knocking on nearly 4 million doors a week and making 10 million phone calls.
During Thursday’s debate, President Trump stressed that Biden’s terrible economic agenda would cost the average family an estimated $6,500 per year, while condemning the former vice president’s plan for America’s oil industry would destroy the sector.
The president also managed to call out Biden for his family profiting off of his position in foreign countries when he served as vice president under the Obama administration, while noting that he has done little to help the American people as a career politician.
Meanwhile, the Biden campaign claimed that it raised about $12 million over the course of the final debate’s day, according to U.S. News & World Report.