After the presidential campaigns of Scott Walker and Rick Perry collapsed, the punditocracy was rampant with speculation as to which remaining 2016 candidates would stand to benefit. We analyzed the most recent batch of FEC reports to answer that question and found that many donors didn't wait long before deciding to back their second choice in the presidential horse race.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz inherited the most support from 2016 "dropout candidates" - reporting contributions from 105 former donors to both Walker and Perry. Other beneficiaries include Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio, in that order.
And which candidates benefitted the least? That would be Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Jeb Bush who converted just 56 former Walker and Perry donors combined - less than the amount that Rubio inherited from Scott Walker alone. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham barely register in our analysis, reporting a total of 4 common donors with Walker.
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