Former President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters at Fort Dodge Senior High School on November 18, 2023 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
As GOP presidential hopefuls duke it out on the stage for the fourth Republican primary debate in Alabama next week, former President Donald Trump will attend a fundraiser in Hallandale Beach, Florida, to raise money for MAGA, Inc., the super PAC that supports his candidacy, multiple sources told CNN.
A text message sent from his campaign to supporters on Sunday announced a “VIP reception” and told recipients that if they donated to Trump’s campaign, they would automatically be entered to win a trip to meet the former president at a year-end reception on December 6, the same day as the debate.
Trump did not attend any of the debates, citing a commanding lead in the polls. Instead, he sat down with Tucker Carlson for an interview, held an event for autoworkers in Detroit amid a union strike and put on a competitive rally in Florida.
Earlier this month, the Trump campaign called on the Republican National Committee to cancel all future debates.
With just seven weeks until the Iowa Caucuses, the former president is the clear leader of the Republican primary in national and early state polls. Although Trump is fighting 91 criminal counts in four indictments, his fellow GOP candidates have largely avoided taking him on — paving a path of little resistance for the early frontrunner. of Republicans as others are forced to spend significant resources to stay relevant.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are jockeying to be Trump’s primary alternative, even as influential conservative donors are beginning to throw their weight behind said Haley.
The fourth debate in Tuscaloosa, according to the RNC, will require a higher polling and donor threshold for candidates to qualify than the third debate, where 70,000 donors are required and polling criteria require candidates to reach at least 4% in two national polls or in one national poll and two polls from separate early-voting states.
The November debate saw DeSantis, Haley, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott on stage, along with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson failed to meet RNC criteria. Scott has since joined former Vice President Mike Pence in suspending his bid for the White House, further narrowing the GOP field.