(NationRise.com) – The presidential campaign of GOP candidate and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced on October 9 she managed to raise over $11 million in this year’s third quarter. In a statement, her campaign pointed out the presidential candidate now has $11.6 million cash on hand, and noted that $9.1 million can be legally spent in the primary.
According to reports, this amount of funding allows the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations to have a significant advantage over Republican candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. His campaign has said that while he managed to raise $15 million in the same quarter, DeSantis can only spend $5 million for the primaries.
While her haul remains behind former President Donald Trump, who raised nearly $50 million in the same quarter, political analysts believe Haley could eventually become his main rival for the party’s nomination. Her campaign reported almost 40,000 new donors between July and September, more than the many other GOP presidential candidates.
In the statement, Haley’s spokesperson, Olivia Perez-Cubas, said the campaign has noticed a massive surge in support. She also noted this allows Haley to have a chance to emerge as the “real candidate” that could move the United States beyond the “drama” and “chaos” it has experienced over the last few years. Perez-Cubas added that the money raised in this year’s third quarter offers the resources Haley needs to make this happen.
In addition to the $11 million she raised, the latest poll published by Real Clear Politics is another indicator that Perez-Cubas pointed to regarding Haley’s growing momentum. The pollster revealed that the former South Carolina governor is polling nationally at 7.2 percent, which makes her the third-favorite candidate among Republicans behind Trump, with 57.4 percent, and DeSantis with 12.6 percent. Real Clear Politics explained that Haley’s rise in poll numbers came after “strong performances” in the last two GOP debates.
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