Rand Paul

Report: Rand Paul raised $2.5 million for presidential bid in third quarter

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign raised only about $2.5 million in the third quarter of the year, according to a published report Thursday afternoon.

According to the Washington Post, the Kentucky Republican's struggling presidential campaign is left with $2 million in cash on hand.

The third-quarter number represents a significant drop from the $7 million Paul raised in the second quarter — his first as an announced presidential candidate — and the sum is unlikely to end questions about Paul's viability moving forward.

Paul is returning to Kentucky Friday, touring a small business in Louisville before joining GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin at a rally on Saturday.

Bevin said during a debate on Kentucky Sports Radio Thursday that he would pick retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson over Paul in the GOP presidential primary, but Bevin attempted to reverse those remarks on Twitter after the debate.

"To be clear. I like Ben Carson, but am not endorsing him or anyone for POTUS. Have never endorsed in my life. If I did would #StandWithRand," Bevin posted.

Carson is reported by multiple news outlets to have raised $20 million in the most recent quarter.

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