Florida governor Ron DeSantis fundraised $8.2 million in the first 24 hours after the official launch of his 2024 presidential bid, his campaign said Thursday.
The haul comes after DeSantis kicked off his campaign in a Twitter Spaces conversation with Elon Musk on Wednesday evening that was plagued by technological glitches as the feed struggled to accommodate more than a half million users. Musk and tech entrepreneur David Sacks said the servers were “melting” and “straining” under the stress, causing the audio feed to go in and out and to sound distorted.
The campaign took the technological issues in stride, with a spokesman saying there was so much enthusiasm for DeSantis’s vision that he “literally busted up the internet.” The governor was able to raise $1 million in a single hour on Wednesday, according to the campaign.
Meanwhile, President Biden raised $6.3 million in his first 24 hours as a candidate in 2019.
DeSantis’s $8.2 million total includes both online contributions and donations secured by callers who participated in a “Ron-O-Rama” on Thursday to make calls to fundraise for the campaign.