Clinton Faces Race’s Final Days With Towering Cash Advantage

  • Democratic candidate had $153 million war chest as of Oct. 19
  • Trump wired $10 million to campaign Friday, spokeswoman says

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Hillary Clinton extended her financial advantage in the presidential race’s final weeks, amassing a $153 million war chest that is more than twice as large as Donald Trump’s.

Clinton raised $101 million in the first 19 days of October for her campaign and a pair of committees that share funds with the Democratic Party, according to filings Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The documents give a final glimpse of the candidates’ financial position before the Nov. 8 election.

Over the same period, Trump raised $61 million for his party and his joint committees, and had $68 million on hand as of Oct. 19.

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Clinton has dominated the money race all along, and in October her campaign and allied groups together passed the $1 billion fundraising mark for the entire election cycle. While Clinton and her family have cultivated relationships with party financiers for decades, Trump bragged about his independence from donors during the Republican primary, and mostly self-funded his campaign until defeating the last of his GOP rivals in May.

Trump wired an additional $10 million to his campaign on Friday, according to Jessica Ditto, a spokeswoman for the campaign. That’s a sharp increase from the $2 million that Trump has contributed over each of the previous three months, and brings his total contributions from the start of his presidential campaign to $66 million.

Trump has repeatedly pledged to spend a total of $100 million or more on the election. But in an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier, Trump wouldn’t commit to that figure, Baier said Friday in a post on Instagram.

During the October fundraising period, Trump’s standing in the polls declined following the release of a recording in which he made lewd remarks about women, and the subsequent claims by several women that he kissed or groped them without their permission. Trump denies their claims.

The main super-political action committee supporting Clinton, Priorities USA, reported raising $18 million in the period, led by $3 million from the hedge-fund pioneer James Simons and his wife, Marilyn. A pair of super-PACs supporting Trump, Rebuilding America Now and Make America Number 1, each reported less than $300,000 of income over the same timeframe.

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