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First on Granthshala: Republican online fundraising platform WinRed helped GOP candidates raise $146 million as midterm elections in the third quarter of 2021 open a chance for Republicans to take back the House and Senate.

According to numbers first shared with Granthshala News, WinRed’s total is $15 million more than in the second quarter and brings the total raised on the platform so far in 2021 to $401 million.

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“Up and down voting, WinRed continues to exceed expectations and deliver real results for campaigns and committees across the country. Ahead of the 2022 election, WinRed is putting the GOP on the right track to raise more money than ever before. “WinRed President Gerrit Lansing said in a statement.

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The $146 million brought in by ActBlue, WinRed’s Democratic counterpart between July and September, is likely to underperform, as ActBlue has been around much longer than WinRed and still regularly outpaces its GOP competitor.

But according to WinRed, since its launch in 2019, it has raised a total of $2.5 billion for Republican candidates, a total that took 14 years for ActBlue to hit.

ActBlue and WinRed both charge a small fee for a campaign from any donation in exchange for use of their platform’s campaigns. WinRed recently changed its fee structure to give more money to the candidates.

Among other notable third-quarter numbers, according to a WinRed spokesperson, it raised $23.8 million for state and local campaigns on WinRed over the past three months, and it raised $60.5 million from first-time donors. The average donation size for the quarter was $37.60.

With approval numbers flagging for President Biden and Democrats’ agenda in Congress, Republicans are optimistic they can take back the House of Representatives in 2022. However, he faces a tougher Senate map, as Republicans are defending far more seats in this cycle than Democrats. .