Top GOP donors and their allies privately are pushing Sen. Tim Scott’s team for more detail about his bachelor status before deciding how much to support him in the presidential campaign, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
Why it matters: Many of the donors are in the market for a viable alternative to former President Trump — but still aren’t sure about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s running second to Trump in GOP polls. Scott, 57, is among those trying to woo such fundraisers.
Driving the news: Responding to this reporting, a senior official for Scott’s campaign told Axios the South Carolina senator will be discussing the issue in the coming weeks.
That’s a line Scott has repeated recently, even as he has continued to be elusive about his personal relationships.
Zoom in: Potential donors who’ve asked Scott’s campaign about his personal life have faced similar dead-ends. For some, it has only fueled their curiosity and apprehension, the sources said.
Between the lines: In his first five weeks as a candidate, Scott spent about $800,000 more than he raised, according to campaign finance disclosures.
Scott has bet big on doing well in the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses, and has emphasized his faith in courting the state’s large number of evangelicals.
Scott spokesperson Nathan Brand told Axios: “Tim Scott’s optimistic, positive message continues to resonate with Iowa and New Hampshire voters who are focused on issues impacting their families.”
Zoom out: The U.S. has not elected a bachelor to be president since Grover Cleveland in 1884, but there have been other single candidates recently.