GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength

Republican strategist Marissa Martinez predicted Monday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE will win the Democratic nomination, citing his fundraising prowess.

“Biden will take the nomination because he’s the favorite, because he raises high-dollar types of money,” Martinez, a founding partner of Strategic Rush, told Hill.TV.

She said those advantages are likely to overcome his shortcomings in other areas.

“He’s not necessarily really vibing with younger voters,” she said.

Martinez’s comments were in response to a Politico report published over the weekend that found Biden’s online fundraising has slowed down since he first announced his presidential campaign in April.

More than 60 percent of the estimated $13.2 million he has raised online came within the first week of his campaign, according to Politico, citing data from Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue.

Biden, who has maintained his lead as the front-runner, made headlines in April after raising $6.3 million in the first 24 hours after launching his third White House bid.

The massive fundraising haul marked a first in the crowded Democratic field, outpacing a previous record set by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who raked in $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his bid in March.

O'Rourke is now seeking to recapture the momentum from the early days of his campaign.

The former Texas congressman rose to national prominence by nearly unseating Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSteyer calls for Senate term limits to pass gun control legislation Cruz targets California governor over housing 'prescriptions' This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (R-Texas) in 2018, but he has struggled to translate that same level of voter enthusiasm to his presidential campaign beyond the early success of his launch.

The Houston Chronicle recently joined Democratic calls for O'Rourke to drop out of the 2020 race and run for the Senate instead.

O'Rourke rejected those calls.

"I will not in any scenario run for the United States Senate,” O'Rourke told MSNBC last week.

—Tess Bonn