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Democratic socialist Sanders outraises Bush, other Republicans in third quarter.

WASHINGTON — Republican Jeb Bush raised $13.38 million over the summer months, a dramatic slowdown from the torrid fundraising pace the former Florida governor set when he entered the presidential contest in June. Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…Bernie Sanders told Ellen DeGeneres that the Republican he would choose to be stuck on an island with is Marco Rubio because the Florida senator is “used to the sun.” Similarly, Rubio said Sanders is the Democrat he would most like to time travel with because the oft disheveled senator is “used to the DeLorean.” Jeb Bush’s campaign previously said they raised between $12-20 million in the third quarter. At the time, Bush appeared difficult to defeat in the 2016 GOP primary, with a fundraising machine fueled by much of the same party establishment that lifted his father and brother into the White House.

But, according to the figures released from the campaign, they have LESS money in the bank ($10.3 million) than rivals like Ben Carson ($11.5 million), Marco Rubio ($11 million) and Ted Cruz ($13.5 million). A RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows Bush in fifth-place among the 15 Republicans vying for their party’s nomination, with Trump leading the field. And, it’s almost double what 12 other Republican candidates in the race collected during the same time. “It’s not a spectacular number, but it’s still good relative to the other campaigns,” said Barry Wynn, a former South Carolina Republican Party chairman, who is a co-chairman of Bush’s campaign in the state. “It’s my understanding there will be a bigger emphasis on fundraising this next quarter.” The Bush campaign does face a different set of expectations than his rivals. That’s why it is no surprise that the pro-Bush super PAC Right to Rise said Thursday that they are preparing a $17 million ad buy in the states holding the SEC primaries in March, a sign to doubters that his supporters plan for him to be in it for the long run. Bush hasn’t raised money for a campaign since his 2002 re-election bid for governor, but he has access to a nationwide fundraising network that his family has built over generations.

Few could have predicted “that a reality television star supporting Canadian-style single-payer health care and partial-birth abortion would be leading the Republican primary,” Diaz said in a pointed dig at Trump. Bush also has made deep inroads in Florida’s donor community, typically a major source of campaign cash for Republicans and where he played a major role in the party’s resurrection in the mid-1990s. Hillary Clinton picked up the endorsement of Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, the second member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet and first major Latino figure to endorse her. Bush’s campaign announced his fundraising totals several hours before the deadline for federal candidates to disclose how they raised and spent campaign contributions during the July-to-September fundraising quarter.

Among the candidates who have already released their totals, Cruz collected $12.2 million; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina raised $6.8 million; Rubio collected $6 million, Ohio Gov. Known as “Mission 2016: JEB!,” it delineates those who raise $75,000, known as “Apollo,” “Endeavor” for those who bring in $150,000, “Commander” for those who collect $175,000, and “Voyager” for those who raised $250,000. Though contributions to Bush more than doubled the ones to Rubio, the senator’s campaign pounced Thursday afternoon, gloating that Rubio has a little more cash on hand — about $700,000.

Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz pointed out that Bush raised almost as much as Mitt Romney did in the same period in the 2012 electoral cycle even though Romney had “a much smaller field of competitors.” Still, Bush looked to be on his way to meeting expectations at the start of the fundraising period. The television ads promoting Rubio’s policies —about $6 million’s worth —have so far all been paid for by a political nonprofit, Conservative Solutions Project. The super-PAC, which doesn’t have to report its collections again until January, has already raised enough that it should be able to air pro-Bush television advertisements well into March.

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