Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden's campaign netted $3.8 million in fundraising in one hour as the first debate with President Trump aired Tuesday night, a campaign official told Axios.

Why it matters: The amount raised on the Democratic donation-processing site ActBlue from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. is the campaign's biggest fundraising total in a single hour on record. The money poured in during a fiery debate punctuated by interruptions and hallmarked by name-calling.

By the numbers: The campaign received more than 215,000 donations from 9 p.m to midnight that included funds from around 60,000 new donors.

  • Nearly $10 million was raised during that three-hour period from grassroots donors, while nearly 100,000 people signed up to volunteer with the campaign.

Go deeper: The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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Updated Oct 21, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump campaign reports shrinking cash haul to FEC

President Trump during a campaign rally at the Erie International Airport on Wednesday in Erie, Pa. Photo: Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump's re-election campaign had $63.1 million in the bank by the end of September after spending some $139 million that month, filings to the Federal Election Commission Tuesday night show.

Why it matters: The Trump campaign reported having $121 million in cash and $900,000 in debts the previous month. Trump's campaign and the shared Republican committees had just over $251 million at the start of October.

The final debate

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.

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Special report: Trump's hopes of nuclear deal with Putin come down to the wire

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

A surprise offer from Vladimir Putin has the U.S. and Russia once again circling a potential pre-election nuclear deal.

The big picture: The last treaty constraining the U.S. and Russia, New START, is due to expire on Feb. 5, 2021, two weeks after the next U.S. presidential inauguration. For the first time since the height of the Cold War, the nuclear guardrails could come off.

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