Online political donations to Donald Trump appear to have declined significantly in recent months ahead of the former president’s embarrassing primary losses this week, as some believe his influence in the Republican Party may be waning.
Trump’s efforts to unseat Georgia’s top incumbent Republicans resulted in significant failure during Tuesday’s primary. Southern GOP Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who drew the former president’s ire after refusing to help overthrow President Joe Biden’s election victory in their state, won their primary with ease by a large double-digit margin.
Kemp beat Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue by a margin of about 74 percent to 22 percent — a more than 50-point margin for the incumbent Republican governor. Raffensperger similarly beat Trump-backed Rep. Jody Hice by a margin of about 52 percent to about 33 percent — nearly a 20-point margin in favor of Georgia’s current top election official.
The New York Times reported Saturday that some Republicans see these errors as a possible sign that Trump’s “sanctification” in GOP policy has been “punctured.” The newspaper went on to report that Trump’s Republican rivals were “emboldened,” noting that his “average daily online posts have declined every month for the past seven months for which federal data is available.”
The former president “has gone from an average of $324,633 per day in September 2021 on WinRed, the Republican fundraising portal, to $202,185 in March 2022,” he said Times reported. That dip came even as Trump ramped up his political efforts as he criss-crossed the country to bolster GOP candidates he supports. Trump has also repeatedly hinted at the possibility of another presidential nomination in 2024, with recent polls showing he would be the front-runner for the party’s nomination.
The newspaper also reported that its “main fundraising committee accounted for 19.7 percent of what was collected from Republican campaigns and committees on WinRed in the last four months of 2021, but only 14.1 percent of what was collected in the first three months of 2021.” was collected in 2022.”
Whether the slump in fundraising and Trump’s failures in Georgia are signs of his waning influence remains to be seen as the primary and the party advance into the midterms. The former president has also had a string of significant primary victories so far this year, though analysts have noted that many of those candidates were incumbents and/or ran in heavily pro-Trump districts — making it likely they could go with or without his support will be successful.
Overall, polls have consistently shown that Republican voters remain broadly in favor of Trump. Across the board, his favorability rating also hovers above Biden’s approval rating. The latest FiveThirtyEight averages show that 41.8 percent of voters view the former president positively. In comparison, only 40.6 percent of voters approve of the current president.
news week has reached out to Trump’s press office for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/donations-trump-fell-prior-embarrassing-gop-primary-losses-report-1711149 Donations to Trump fell ahead of embarrassing GOP primary losses: report