Joe Biden’s campaign is setting up a drive-in movie theater-style watch party outside the venue where he will deliver his acceptance speech. And the Republican National Committee raised $55 million in July.
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Biden Campaign Sets Up Drive-In Watch Party for Acceptance Speech
Biden’s campaign is setting up a drive-in movie theater-style watch party outside the Wilmington, Delaware, venue where he will deliver his speech accepting the Democratic nomination on Wednesday night.
While the Chase Center on the Riverfront will be closed to the public as a precaution against coronavirus, about 100 cars will be allowed to participate in the invitation-only event in the parking lot outside.
There will also be drive-in watch parties in New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Iowa, the Biden campaign said.
Republican Party Raised $55.3 Million in July (10:04 a.m.)
The Republican National Committee brought in 55.3 million in July, part of a $169.3 million haul for President Donald Trump’s re-election effort.
The RNC ended the month with $109 million in the bank, according to figures it released to The Hill, putting Trump’s total war chest at more than $300 million. Biden and the Democratic National Committee announced earlier that they had $294 million cash on hand after raising $140 million in July.
While Biden and the DNC have closed the cash gap — Trump’s re-election effort had $155 million more in the bank as recently at the end of April — they did so in part by spending less. The Democrats spent roughly $88 million in July compared with $160 million for Trump and the RNC, based on figures both campaigns released. Presidential campaigns, party committees and most super PACs are due to file detailed reports on their fundraising and spending to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.
The RNC is spending big on its data-driven ground game, which it’s relying on to get voters to support Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot, according to a statement from Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who added that the July numbers show the strength of the grassroots support for Trump. — Bill Allison
Hosted by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Thursday’s virtual Democratic convention will feature speeches from Senators Cory Booker, Tammy Duckworth and Tammy Baldwin, California Governor Gavin Newsom, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Biden and performances by John Legend and the Chicks.
— With assistance by Bill Allison
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