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 By Kathie Obradovich, Iowa Capital Dispatch

Money isn't everything, but the weekend's campaign finance reports are making the chatter in the political world go 'round. Of key significance: Republican candidates have to reach a threshold of 40,000 individual donors to qualify for the first presidential primary debate next month.

  • Here’s who won, and lost, and face-planted in the presidential money race last quarter | Politico
  • Pence brings in just $1.2 million in bid for president, raising doubt over eligibility for debates | Fox News

  • Ron DeSantis’ campaign finances have some flashing warning signs | NBC News
  • DeSantis campaign sheds staff amid cash crunch | Politico

TOP IMPACT What to read this week

Despite poor polling numbers, Kamala Harris viewed as key for Democrats in 2024

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Vice President Kamala Harris’ poll numbers have stagnated at a lower level than many of her predecessors’ ratings, a daunting problem for a running mate as the 2024 presidential campaign gets underway.

Professors and political experts interviewed by States Newsroom say there are several reasons why Harris’ favorability numbers sagged after she took office. | Read more


Field of presidential candidates faces crowd of Christians

(Photo by Kathie Obradovich/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Republican presidential candidates worked to appeal to about 2,000 evangelical Christians Friday at a Des Moines conference – in some cases despite critical questioning in on-stage interviews by conservative commentator Tucker Carlson.

Carlson wrangled with former Vice President Mike Pence on his position that the U.S. should continue to support Ukraine with military equipment and money. | Read more


BIG PICTURE Election coverage across the country

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  • Alabama Democratic Party chair wants face-to-face meeting with DNC officials | Alabama Reflector
  • Idaho open primary supporters legally challenge AG Raúl Labrador’s ballot titles | Idaho Capital Sun
  • Civil rights committee finds Native voting rights impeded, finalizes recommendations | South Dakota Searchlight

  • Trump to come to Louisiana for fundraiser | Louisiana Illuminator

  • Hill Harper on U.S. Senate race: ‘We want as many people in the race as possible’ | Michigan Advance


COMING UP Calendar of events


Follow state-level coverage of Election 2024 anytime at News From The States. Send tips and thoughts to ropsahl@iowacapitaldispatch.com, and follow them on Twitter @robinlopsahl

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