Pollsters and statisticians are really little more than mathematical wizards, at times, allowing their methods to define their results in some cases.
We’d like to think that this isn’t always the case, and that some of the disparities we see in the political world aren’t necessary fraudulent on purpose. Rather, wed prefer to believe these surprising results are simply a case of incompetence or incomplete data.
Such may be the case when it comes to Pete Buttigieg – a long shot democratic candidate for president whose abysmal polling numbers have somehow given way to a massive fundraising haul.
U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg raised $24.8 million from nearly 300,000 donors in the second quarter this year, his campaign said on Monday, putting him in the top tier among the more than 20 Democrats running for the White House.
The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has more than doubled the number of individuals funding his bid for the presidency, his campaign said.
In a statement, Buttigieg’s campaign said more than 294,000 people donated between April and June, including 230,000 new donors. Overall, donors have given an average contribution of $47.42 since Buttigieg, who had no national profile, launched his bid.
Here’s the kicker, however: Buttigieg is polling under 6% according to Real Clear Politics.
For reference, frontrunner Joe Biden has garnered a whopping 30% during his much shorter campaign duration.
The enormous fundraising take comes as Mayor Buttigieg has been pulled off of the campaign trail to deal with a racially-charged police shooting back home in Indianapolis, raising even more eyebrows as to why the low-polling long shot has been able to pool such large sums of cash.
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