Kamala Harris 2nd quarter fundraising falls flat, remains the 2020 Democratic favorite for now
With her soaring popularity and first-quarter numbers already at $12 million, many expected Sen. Kamala Harris to eclipse her January-March total.
However, when she released her fundraising marks for April-June, Harris earned slightly under $12 million, less than the previous quarter.
So far, her lackluster second-quarter fundraising has not affected her position as the favorite to win the party’s nomination. Currently, Harris has the best odds to win the 2020 Democratic nomination at +225, according to Bovada.
Following a strong showing at the first Democratic debates in June, highlighted by her exchange with former Vice President Joe Biden (+375), Harris quickly secured over $3 million just days after the event.
Ironically, Harris raised less than Sen. Bernie Sanders (+650) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (+450) despite the former spending considerable time at upscale events to boost her numbers. Sanders and Warren raised $18 million and $19.1 million, respectively.
Sanders and Warren have dismissed such events, focusing on grassroots donations for their fundraising totals instead.
Despite these low numbers, there are some bright spots for Harris.
First, Harris received contributions from 279,000 donors in the second quarter. Of those, 150,000 were new campaign donors.
Second, Harris is still doing well in the polls. In a CNN poll taken after the first debate, Biden’s numbers fell from 32% to 22% while Harris’s numbers increased from 8% to 17%.
Harris is not the only woman doing well as a Democratic candidate; Warren more than tripled the $6 million she raised in the first quarter.
Numbers do not tell the entire story, as seen by the odds, polls, and dollar amounts for Harris specifically. Odds could fluctuate again following the second Democratic debate July 30-31 in Detroit, Michigan.
Until then, here are the odds for the Democratic nomination in 2020.
2020 Democratic Nominee Odds
- Kamala Harris +225
- Joe Biden +375
- Elizabeth Warren +450
- Pete Buttigieg +550
- Bernie Sanders +650
- Andrew Yang +1000
- Beto O’Rourke +2000
- Tulsi Gabbard +2200
- Cory Booker +3300
- Amy Klobuchar +4000
- Julian Castro +5000
- Tom Steyer +10000
- Bill De Blasio +10000
- Jay Inslee +10000
- John Delaney +10000
- John Hickenlooper +10000
- Kirsten Gillibrand +10000
- Marianne Williamson +10000
- Michael Bennet +10000