The list of Democrats announcing their 2020 campaigns for the White House continues to grow.
Just a few short months ago, there were over 200 Democrats who had expressed interest in running, but currently, only about 14 have officially launched their campaigns.
Although the next election is still well over a year and a half away, evidently, it’s not too early to begin a presidential campaign.
In fact, one Democrat, former Rep. John Delaney (MD), was the first Democrat to formerly enter the 2020 race back in July 2017.
However, Delaney was not the first person to file paperwork to run in 2020 and the person who was first, filed paperwork on January 20, 2017, the day he was sworn in as President.
Over the past two years, Trump has amassed a substantial campaign war chest.
Fox News – Trump already amassing huge war chest for 2020 – challengers beware – While President Trump is facing murmurs of a primary challenge – as well as a massive field of Democratic candidates jockeying to take him on – the incumbent president enters the 2020 melee with an undeniable advantage: a war chest that would be the envy of any modern president.
Unlike most incumbents, Trump started his re-election bid on day one of his presidency. He filed papers with the Federal Election Commission within hours of being inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. Many saw it as a comical – albeit in character – step for the audacious Trump. Yet, by doing so he was able to raise huge sums of money four years before the election.
According to recent FEC data, the Trump campaign has raised over $67 million from 2017 to 2018, with nearly $20 million on hand. Combined with the hauls from two major joint fundraising groups – Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee – the president has raised over $130 million as of the end of 2018, with over $35 million on hand…
Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama only raised $3 million and $4 million by the end of their second year in office.
Neither of them filed to run for re-election until after 2 years in office.
I can’t say for sure, but I suspect that Donald Trump is the first president to file for re-election on the same day of their first term inauguration.
Once again, proving that Trump is a shrewd businessman and a smarter politician than many will admit.
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