Clinton Campaign Has $85M Cash Advantage

     (CN) – Hillary Clinton is heading into the final stretch of the 2016 race for the White House with a $85 million advantage over Republican Donald Trump, according to new candidate filings with the Federal Election Commission.
     What’s worse for the GOP standard-bearer is that the documents show even Trump is donating to the Trump campaign anymore, and well-heeled Republicans have abandoned his cause to contribute to candidates further down the ballot.
     The filings, the last that will be made prior to the Nov. 8 election show the Clinton campaign and joint accounts it has with the Democratic party had $153 million in the bank last week.
     By comparison, Trump’s campaign and its Republican partners had just $68 million on hand.
     The disclosures also show that Trump contributed no money and just $31,000 in rent and staff salaries to his campaign during the first three weeks of October.
     Previously, he’d been contributing about $2 million a month to his presidential effort.
     Meanwhile, long time big money donors to the Republican Party have largely abandoned supporting Trump and have shifted their money to House and Senate races.
     While the filings suggest the wheels have come off the financial underpinning for Trump’s bid for the White House, Clinton was raising $2.8 million a day in mid-October.
     But Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence sought to downplay the disparity in campaign funding Friday morning, telling ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the when it comes to the Trump campaign, message matters more than “dollars and cents.”
     Pence, who had a bit of a scare Thursday night when his campaign plane skidded off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, also said it’s up to Trump to decide how much of his own money to plunge into the campaign.
     Later, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Pence said despite one hears about Trump’s falling poll numbers and the disparity in fundraising, the campaign has “real momentum” going into the final days of the race.
     “This week, I saw all the headlines: ‘The race is over. It’s over and done.’ That’s just not what I see out there,” Pence said.
     New polls out Friday morning show Clinton holding on to her lead over Trump, although, as often happens, the margin is narrowing as the election grows near.
     A new ABC News Tracking poll has Clinton up by 5 points over Trump in a head-to-head matchup, and leading by 4 points when Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
     Friday’s Investor’s Business Daily poll has Clinton up by 3 points in both a two-person and four-person race.
     The Los Angeles Times/USC tracking poll has Trump up by 2 points nationally.
     On a more granular level, a new Christopher Newport University poll released Friday has Clinton up by 7 points in Virginia, while a St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll has Trump up by 5 points in Missouri.
     Trump is holding events Friday in New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine, while his running mate will make appearances in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
     Clinton is campaigning in Iowa on Friday. She will also get a boost from President Barack Obama, who’ll be holding an evening rally on Clinton’s behalf in Orlando, Florida.
     White House officials confirmed that Obama will be traveling nearly every day until Election Day in support of Clinton’s candidacy.

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