It says something that Hillary has managed her campaign finances better than any other candidate.
Weeks before the national media caught on, BNR predicted that Bernie would have a cash crunch:
After reports of decreased donations, mass staff layoffs, losing their California state director, and dire readjustments being made to their TV ad strategy, the Sanders campaign is increasingly desperate to find a way to raise money to keep going.
Huffington Post goes through the numbers:
The Sanders presidential campaign began May with just $5.8 million cash on hand … That was significantly less than the $30 million available to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ cash-on-hand deficiency followed heavy spending by his campaign in the previous three months. In April, the Sanders campaign fired hundreds of staffers as it pivoted toward the final primaries and caucuses of the long election season.
Now there’s this:
Donald Trump’s campaign has alerted Senate Republicans that he won’t have much money to spend fending off attacks from Hillary Clinton over the next couple months. “They know that they’re not going to have enough money to be on TV in June and probably most of July, until they actually accept the nomination and get RNC funds, so they plan to just use earned media to compete on the airwaves,” one GOP source familiar with Manafort’s comments told the Examiner.
So it seems that Hillary, despite relentless attacks on several fronts, is far better positioned for the general election than her rivals. It says a lot about her capacity to manage a budget.
Which adds another data point to what NBC News conceded today:
A deep analysis of data from the poll shows that Clinton is still currently the more likely of the two candidates to emerge as the winner when the voting’s all over on Nov. 8, 2016.
We wholeheartedly agree.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)