Biden has big cash advantage over Trump as race enters final stretch

Joe Biden’s campaign has entered the final two weeks of the presidential election campaign with a large cash advantage over Donald Trump, figures have shown.

The former vice president’s campaign team outraised and outspent Mr Trump‘s re-election bid in September, with political ads for the Democratic candidate much more prevalent on US television.

Having the advantage in the money race is no guarantee of victory, however. Mr Trump won the 2016 presidential election despite being outspent by Hillary Clinton.

Polling by Reuters/Ipsos shows that in the swing states that decide the election, the race is closer than in national polls which put Mr Biden well ahead.

A Democratic election advert in Florida shows Donald Trump throwing toilet roll to people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in October 2017
Image:A Democratic advert in Florida shows Mr Trump throwing toilet paper to people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017

At the end of last month, Mr Biden’s campaign had around $177m (£135m) in cash, nearly triple the $63m (£48m) held by the Trump campaign.

Mr Biden took in $281m (£215m) during September, more than three times as much as Mr Trump’s campaign which raised £81m (£62m), the Federal Election Commission showed on Tuesday.

Mr Trump’s campaign spent less than $56m (£42m) on TV and radio advertising in September, compared with nearly $148m (£113m) for Mr Biden, according to Advertising Analytics LLC.

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This month, Mr Biden’s campaign has said that it – along with the Democratic Party – has $432m (£330m) in the bank. Mr Trump and the Republican Party has $251m (£192m), his campaign said.

The gap in finance has put Mr Trump in the position of needing to hold more of his signature rallies as a substitute for political advertising.

Bill Stepien, Mr Trump’s campaign manager, has insisted money is not an issue.

'Basement Biden' stays humble as he closes in on the ultimate prize

‘Basement Biden’ stays humble as he closes in on the ultimate prize

He said: “We have more than sufficient air cover, almost three times as much as 2016.”

He added that Mr Biden was “putting it all on TV” rather than carrying out door-knocking in a pandemic, while Mr Trump has around 2,000 field staffers across the country knocking on doors and making calls.

The advertising spending figures offer a bleaker picture.

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Mr Biden and the Democrats are on pace to spend $142m (£107m) on adverts in the closing days of the campaign – outspending the Republicans by more than two to one.

On Monday, Medium Buying reported that Mr Trump was cancelling adverts in Wisconsin, Minnesota – which he had hoped to win from the Democrats – and Ohio, which backed him in 2016 but now appears to be a tighter contest.

That is in stark contrast to May, when Mr Biden’s campaign was struggling for cash and Mr Trump’s campaign was compared to a “Death Star” that was about to “start pressing fire for the first time” by senior adviser Brad Parscale.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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