Mike Pence’s bid for the presidency is facing rough waters as he grapples with financial woes and a lackluster response from voters. Last week, when Pence filed his paperwork in New Hampshire, the usual buzz surrounding presidential candidates was notably absent. Despite the media’s presence, the atmosphere was far from electric.
Pence, once just a heartbeat away from the presidency, finds himself at a crossroads. His campaign, built on a foundation of traditional conservatism and a distancing from his former running mate, Donald Trump, has hit a series of hurdles. Financial troubles have plagued his efforts, with recent filings revealing a meager $3.3 million raised and almost an equal amount spent in the third quarter. To keep the campaign afloat, Pence personally contributed $150,000 and accumulated a debt of $620,000.
Behind the scenes, the campaign has made undisclosed staff cuts, underscoring the internal struggle. Pence remains optimistic, insisting that the campaign’s success depends on votes, not just money. However, polls tell a different story. Pence lags behind not only Trump but also contenders like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. In New Hampshire, he’s polling at a mere two percent, according to recent surveys.
Pence’s strategy involves distancing himself from Trump’s election grievances, emphasizing his conservative values instead. While this approach has resonated with some voters like Chris Clark in Iowa, who leans towards DeSantis due to his fresh perspective, it has not translated into widespread support.
At events like the “First in the Nation” summit in Nashua, Pence’s speeches are met with lukewarm responses. Attendees barely acknowledge his presence, hinting at the uphill battle he faces in revitalizing his campaign. Despite public criticisms from Trump, Pence remains steadfast, refusing to yield to pressure, including attempts to challenge the 2020 election results.
As Pence navigates these challenges, the road ahead remains uncertain. Whether he can regain momentum and capture voters’ enthusiasm is yet to be seen, leaving his presidential aspirations hanging in the balance.