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The Trump campaign said on Tuesday that it pulled in $18 million in new fundraising, fewer than 24 hours after the first general-election debate between Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
“As a result of Donald Trump’s huge debate win [Monday] night, we had a massive fundraising day, bringing in more than $18 million,” campaign finance chairman Steven Mnuchin, said in a statement Tuesday night.
Trump earlier in the day tweeted that his campaign had already taken in $13 million. “And we’re still going,” he added.
Trump and the GOP raised a combined $90 million in August, trailing Hillary Clinton’s $143 million haul during the same month.
As recently as June, the Trump campaign had only $1.3 million in cash on hand. Trump has often boasted about running a lean operation compared to Clinton, whose campaign began the month of September with approximately $152 million cash on hand when combined with the campaign’s joint accounts.
Trump’s fundraising announcement also echoes the real-estate mogul’s assertions that he won the first of what will be three general-election debates against Clinton. The match-ups are widely considered to be the most-anticipated presidential debates in modern history.
Though Trump performed well in a number of online polls immediately after Monday night’s event, none of those surveys were scientific, meaning those who were polled were not a representative sample of people who watched the debate.
Business Insider politics editor Oliver Darcy noted that, after the first debate, the only scientific poll was conducted by CNN/ORC, which showed viewers thought Clinton handily defeated Trump.