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Former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Joe Biden's campaign said on Thursday it has raised $15.2 million in Q3, setting the former vice president in 3rd place among the 2020 Democrats who have released their totals thus far.

The state of play: Sen. Bernie Sanders currently leads all 2020 Democrats in Q3 fundraising with $25.3 million, followed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg with $19.1 million. President Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee recently said they raised a whopping $125 million for Q3, setting a new presidential fundraising record.

  • The Biden campaign reported an average donation of $44.
  • Biden's campaign manager said in a Thursday press release that the campaign has gone forward with "a $6 million ad buy across television and digital in the early states."

Between the lines: Online donations helped Democrats break fundraising records in 2018 and it’s fueling a lot of 2020 candidates now. But, as the New York Times reports, Biden has scaled back on digital ads in favor of more traditional TV advertising in places like Iowa. That might be a play to his older supporters, but he would be likelier to meet young voters where they are online.

  • Biden's team has admitted he’s so far not performing well with younger voters: "It’s not any secret that Biden’s support is strong with older voters," a Biden campaign official said in September. "It’s a big base to have. But we need to do a better job and we will, because we’re not as strong among younger voters.” 
  • Meanwhile, Tara McGowan, a Democratic digital strategist, told Axios she’s "starting to see more primary candidates focus spending and messaging on Facebook to target Iowa voters specifically, which was expected but interesting to note this early."

Where other Democratic candidates stand:

Go deeper: Trump campaign, RNC say they raised record-breaking $125 million in Q3

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26 mins ago - Health

CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic and changing guidance should have been clearer.

State of play: Walensky is being coached by media experts and is planning to have more press briefings by herself in order to ensure that CDC is seen as an independent, scientific entity, rather than as a political one, the Journal reports.

43 mins ago - World

UAE asks U.S. to reinstate Houthis terrorist designation after attack

Secretary of State Tony Blinken (left) listens to United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a joint news conference at the State Department iin October. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed asked Secretary of State Tony Blinken in a phone call Monday to re-designate the Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization, a senior Emirati official told Axios.

Why it matters: Less than a month after he assumed office, President Biden rolled back the Trump administration’s decision to make the designation. He said it hampered humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people. Since then, the Houthis have escalated their attacks against Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region — including an attack Monday on Abu Dhabi.

Updated 58 mins ago - Economy & Business

World Bank: Gap between rich and poor countries is widening

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

For the last two decades, incomes in poorer countries were catching up to rich countries. The pandemic economy of the 2020s may reverse the trend, the World Bank warns in a new report.

Why it matters: Falling inequality between countries has been one of the most positive trends of the 21st century. If it reverses, it implies more human suffering and geopolitical instability.