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States donating the most to Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden

  • States donating the most to Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden

    On Nov. 3, those Americans who didn’t vote by mail or vote early in person will head to the polls to determine whether Republican Donald Trump deserves another term or if Democratic challenger Joe Biden should take over Trump's job. Both parties have painted the contest as the most important election in American history. The realities of COVID-19 and a level of polarization unprecedented even in the long-divided United States has shaped this election cycle as one of the tensest and unusual in memory. One thing, however, hasn’t changed—the whole thing is awash in money.

    Stacker analyzed campaign finance data from the U.S. Federal Election Commission to rank the list according to the numerical difference between individual donations to Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Donation amounts cover the period of time between Jan. 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020, and have been rounded for clarity.

    Beyond that data, both candidates raised staggering sums in August to add to the already enormous GOP and Democratic campaign war chests. Biden shattered the previous record with a $365 million haul during the last month of summer. Trump also took in a big haul, but news broke in early September that his 10-figure campaign cash advantage dried up.

    Adding to the outpouring of cash are several closely watched and hotly contested down-ballot races that could mean the difference between Democrats flipping the Senate to control both houses of Congress no matter who wins the White House.

    With so much at stake, donors are digging deep—but the candidate for whom they’re doing that digging often has a lot to do with where they live. Keep reading to learn about which states are home to the donors that are willing to part with the most hard-earned cash in support of their candidate of choice.

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  • #50. Maine

    - Total Maine presidential campaign donations: $1.3 million (#43 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $655,000 (48.9% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $685,000 (51.1% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Joe Biden (+$30,000)

    In 2020, Maine will become the first state in America to institute ranked-choice voting, which lets voters select candidates in order of preference. If the voter’s preferred candidate doesn’t earn 50% in the first round, the vote automatically goes to the voter’s next choice. Republicans have fought the move, which proponents say makes elections more democratic and gives people the chance to vote for a third party without that selection doomed to become a throwaway or protest vote.

  • #49. Illinois

    - Total Illinois presidential campaign donations: $14.2 million (#6 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1.12
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $7 million (49.7% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $7.1 million (50.3% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Joe Biden (+$73,000)

    Despite being ahead in donations by only a small margin in Illinois, Biden shouldn’t have too hard a time competing there—the state voted for a Democrat in the past seven presidential contests in a row. With 20 electoral votes, it’s the biggest prize in the Midwest.

  • #48. Pennsylvania

    - Total Pennsylvania presidential campaign donations: $14.6 million (#5 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1.14
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $7.3 million (49.6% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $7.4 million (50.4% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Joe Biden (+$118,000)

    Electoral contests are closer, more contested, and more closely watched in the perennial battleground that is Pennsylvania than they are in nearly any other state. Trump won the Keystone State in 2016 by fewer than 45,000 votes out of 6 million cast, squeaking out a victory with just a sliver of a percentage point. Oddly, Trump now seems to be taking Pennsylvania for granted or perhaps even writing it off—Biden spent $15 million there on ads in the five weeks preceding Labor Day compared to Trump’s zero.

  • #47. Rhode Island

    - Total Rhode Island presidential campaign donations: $1.1 million (#47 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1.06
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $447,000 (39.8% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $677,000 (60.2% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Joe Biden (+$230,000)

    Tiny Rhode Island delivers four electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins over its voters—and that candidate is usually a Democrat. In the past half-century, Rhode Island has voted Republican only in the all-consuming GOP landslides of 1972 and 1984.

  • #46. New Hampshire

    - Total New Hampshire presidential campaign donations: $2.2 million (#38 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1.61
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $1.2 million (55.9% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $967,000 (44.1% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Donald Trump (+$257,000)

    New Hampshire hasn’t voted for a Republican since 2000 and before that, not since 1992—but Trump came within a few thousand votes and a single percentage point of changing that trend with a narrow loss in the Granite State in 2016. New Hampshire is highly competitive, but it earns its place in the presidential limelight not during the general election, but at the start of the primaries. As the first true voting state in the primary season—Iowa goes first, but it has caucuses, not elections—it’s a bellwether state that serves as an early proving ground for the hopefuls who flock there during political season.

  • #45. Vermont

    - Total Vermont presidential campaign donations: $762,000 (#50 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1.22
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $233,000 (30.6% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $529,000 (69.4% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Joe Biden (+$296,000)

    Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump in Vermont in 2016, just as every Democratic presidential contender has done in the New England state since 1992. That year, the state switched loyalties when it voted for Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton. Before that, Vermont voted Republican in every single election since the GOP’s founding in 1854 except for 1964 when Vermont joined Democrat Lyndon Johnson’s nationwide pounding of Republican Barry Goldwater.

  • #44. Hawaii

    - Total Hawaii presidential campaign donations: $1.3 million (#42 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $0.95
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $901,000 (67.2% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $440,000 (32.8% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Donald Trump (+$460,000)

    Hawaii flies under the radar in most presidential elections. Not only does it offer only four electoral votes, but there are rarely surprises on the islands—Hawaii has gone blue in every election except the 1972 and 1984 Nixon/Reagan tidal waves. By the end of August, 361 donors had put their money where their mouths and Facebook posts were for Joe Biden compared to 257 reaching for their wallets for Donald Trump.

  • #43. Oregon

    - Total Oregon presidential campaign donations: $5.7 million (#19 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1.35
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $3.1 million (54.8% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $2.6 million (45.2% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Donald Trump (+$547,000)

    Reliably blue since 1988, Oregon currently delivers seven electoral votes, up from six in 1984. That, however, might soon change. Steady population increases have put Oregon on the path to count for eight marks on the Electoral College tally starting in 2024.

  • #42. Wyoming

    - Total Wyoming presidential campaign donations: $1.1 million (#46 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1.98
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $850,000 (74.3% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $293,000 (25.7% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Donald Trump (+$556,000)

    No state in America is more overrepresented in the Electoral College than Wyoming, the country’s least populated state and one that delivers the minimum three electoral votes. As with much of the Mountain West, any Republican with a pulse has a pretty good shot at winning in Wyoming, which has delivered for the GOP in every single election since 1952 with the exception of 1964, when Lyndon Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater.

  • #41. Alaska

    - Total Alaska presidential campaign donations: $1.2 million (#44 highest among states)
    - Presidential campaign donations per capita: $1.70
    - Donations to Donald Trump: $918,000 (73.7% of all donations)
    - Donations to Joe Biden: $328,000 (26.3% of all donations)
    - State fundraising advantage: Donald Trump (+$589,000)

    Admitted to the Union in 1959, Alaska has voted Republican in every election in its history except for 1964, when the state piled on to Lyndon Johnson’s landslide over Barry Goldwater. The state, however, may require more TLC from the GOP in the future and even in the 2020 race—at least one poll puts Biden and Trump in a dead heat going into this year's election in reliably conservative Alaska.

     

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