10/15/2015 - 11/15/2015
Our first debate was only three days away. Mr. Perry and I flew to Iowa to be in the state. We didn't schedule any events or fundraisers, we simply worked on issues and debate prep. I gave orders for us to begin operations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
We finished a respectable 6th in our first debate. Florida senator Marco Rubio won the debate. On the other side of the aisle, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley won the democrat debate.
After successfully targeting our initial three states, we started work on increasing the organizational strength of Iowa and New Hampshire as well as recruiting one foot soldier in each state. Once that is in place, we turned our attention to building up South Carolina and Florida.
We held three fundraisers in California and raised over $1,400,000. In Texas, we raised another $350,000 and in Florida, another $250,000. We're averaging about $8,000 a day in unsolicited donations. Every day, we spend time working on our issue knowledge and debate prep, hopefully this will pay off in the next debate on November 9.
We also enlisted the help of Anita Perry who will be able to help with barnstorming as we get closer to the primaries. We also spend time networking with Americans for Tax Reform, their endorsement will be a huge get in Iowa, not to mention the $500,000 contribution as well. We also reach out to Florida governor, Rick Scott and try to persuade him we're a better option than Marco Rubio. In South Carolina, Nikki Haley seems to be warming up to our campaign on her own. We'll monitor that as we go along.
November 9 arrives and with it, the second Republican Primary Debate. We've spent a lot of time and energy on this aspect of the campaign. I'm fairly certain we should improve from our 6th place finish in the first one. And we do, the gods smile on us and we end up squeaking out a win. While the other candidates focused on attacking each other, we went with the positive route, boasting about our accomplishments as governor. America responded and we get our first positive step in this long race.
The Democrats have their second debate the following day, and Hillary Clinton and Schweitzer debate to a draw. First debate winner O'Malley finishes in third place.
At the end of the first month, we have over $9.3 million in our war chest. We'll have the endorsement of Florida governor Rick Scott locked up in the next day or so. We've managed to become the leader in the race for the Americans for Tax Reform endorsement and will have that locked up soon as well. We've made solid progress in building our organization in South Carolina and Florida as well as starting some work in Nevada. We also have 6 ads ready to run for Iowa and New Hampshire.