The 2016 Election Battle for State Campaign Cash: 3rd Quarter Results
In the on-going money race in the 2016 election, third quarter results show that Dr. Ben Carson and Gov. Jeb Bush dominated state fundraising. Compared to the second quarter version of this map, all the candidates ceded states to Carson, who raised the most in 28 states, Bush in 15 states, and Senator Ted Cruz in three states. This echoes overall fundraising for the third quarter since Carson raised the most campaign dollars at $20.8 million, Bush raised $13.4 million, and Cruz raised $12.2 million.
However, when the cycle-to-date totals are compared, Bush and Carson are evenly tied by raising the most money in 20 states. They are distantly followed by Sen. Ted Cruz with three states, and Sen. Marco Rubio with two states.
Dr. Ben Carson: 20 states
Among Republican candidates, Carson has raised the most campaign funds in 2016 at $31 million, and he leads in the state-by-state battle by raising the most money in a total of 20 states: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Gov. Jeb Bush: 19 states + Washington, D.C.
In overall campaign fundraising, Bush comes in third place with $24.8 million. However, he is tied with Dr. Carson among state fundraising. Since January 1, Bush has raised the most money in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Senator Ted Cruz: 3 states
The Texas senator has raised a nearly $26 million for his campaign in 2016 with $9.2 million coming from his home state. While he started out the year raising the most campaign dollars in eight states, his cycle-to-date totals have him raising the most in only three states — Texas, New Mexico, and West Virginia.
Senator Marco Rubio: 2 states
Bush may lead in their shared home state of Florida — $4.7 million compared to Rubio’s $2.5 million — but the freshman senator has raised the most money in Massachusetts and Vermont. This keeps Bush from sweeping the New England region.
Home State Advantage
A handful of states have remained loyal to their candidate with Govs. John Kasich (Ohio), Chris Christie (New Jersey), Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Mike Huckabee (Arkansas) and Senators Rand Paul (Kentucky) and Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) all raising the most in their home states. In fact, donations from their home states account for around 50% of total funds raised for Kasich, Christie, Jindal, and Graham.