UVA Center for Politics Director Weighs-In on Latest Fundraising Numbers for 2020 Election
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The countdown to the 2020 election is on and the latest fundraising numbers are out. It's a mixed bag in central Virginia as far as support goes for the democratic challengers and President Donald Trump.
As far as fundraising goes, this race is pretty much anyone's game and as University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato, explains - who raises the most does not always indicate who will win.
Thousands of dollars from across central Virginia are going toward the 2020 presidential election.
A map from the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) breaks down by zip code the totals for President Trump and the 19 democratic candidates hoping to challenge him next year.
"Raising money has nothing to do directly with winning votes it’s all indirect and the money is spent elsewhere,” stated Sabato. "Whoever the Democratic nominee is we'll find a lot of support both votes and money from this area certainly probably from Virginia as a whole because it’s become essentially a Democratic state.”
Sabato said Beto O'Rourke has outraised President Donald Trump in areas closer to the University of Virginia because of his visit to grounds earlier in the year.
"O’Rourke appeared here, there’s a long tradition of candidates raising money at where they appear because they link public appearances with private fundraisers and O'Rourke raised money when he was here,” said Sabato. "Donald Trump isn't likely to have a lot of support in Charlottesville area, after all, I believe he got less than 20% of the vote at least in Charlottesville in 2016 and he didn't do much better in Albemarle. So this is one of the areas that support him the least in Virginia."
Sabato adds that most of the money raised here in Virginia will likely be used in battleground states like Iowa or New Hampshire before the June 2020 primary election.