Former Vice President Mike Pence was one of several Republican presidential candidates who failed to generate significant fundraising in the second quarter, raising concerns about his eligibility for the upcoming GOP debate next month.

According to his campaign, Pence only raised $1.2 million since launching his campaign on June 7.

When combined with the reported $2.6 million raised by the super PAC Committed to America, which supports Pence’s candidacy, his second-quarter total reaches approximately $3.8 million.

Compared to his Republican rivals, Pence’s fundraising is on the lower end, causing concern among his supporters as he faces a challenging race for the presidency.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence, since launching a campaign for the White House on June 7, has raised only $1.2 million.
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Former President Donald Trump, who has been dominant in the Republican race for president, raised over $35 million in the second quarter of 2023. This is nearly double the $18.8 million raised in the first quarter of the year.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second, raising an impressive $20 million in the first six weeks of his campaign. The super PAC Never Back Down, supporting DeSantis, raised $130 million since its launch in March.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s campaign and affiliated political committees raised $7.3 million in the second quarter of 2023. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie raised $7.5 million in the first 25 days after his campaign launch in June.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum raised $11.7 million in the 23 days from June 7, the day he declared his candidacy, through the end of the quarter. This included a personal investment of $10.2 million from Burgum.

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From left to right, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former Vice President Mike Pence.
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The lackluster fundraising total raises doubts about Pence’s eligibility for the first presidential debate next month.

The Republican National Committee has set criteria for candidates to participate in the debate. They must have 40,000 unique donors to their campaign committee, with at least 200 unique donors per state or territory in 20+ states and/or territories. Candidates must present their fundraising figures at least 48 hours before the debate.

A campaign aide stated that Pence has not reached the required 40,000 individual donors.

Former Vice President and 2024 Presidential Candidate Mike Pence walks alongside Karen Pence in the Urbandale 4th of July Celebration

Former Vice President Mike Pence walks alongside Karen Pence in the Urbandale 4th of July Celebration in Iowa on July 4, 2023.
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In an attempt to reach the 40,000 threshold, Burgum’s campaign is offering a $20 gift card to donors who contribute at least $1.

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Candidates must also reach 1% in three national polls or 1% in two national polls and 1% in a poll conducted in one of the four early-voting states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada) in order to qualify for the debate stage.

NYNNC’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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