Women accounted for nearly half of Trump’s 2020 campaign contributions in the first three months of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s a striking increase from the 2016 election cycle, when women accounted for just over a quarter of his campaign contributions, and well above the norm for modern GOP presidential nominees.

Whether the numbers reflect a genuine uptick in support for Trump among female voters is another question. Polls continue to show a pronounced gender gap in the president’s approval rating, and multiple investigations and lawsuits involving alleged acts of adultery and sexual assault are moving through the legal system as the 2020 campaign ramps up…

“We’re clearly making huge strides,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for Trump’s 2020 campaign. Murtaugh specifically cited the campaign’s first quarter fundraising numbers showing a roughly 50-50 split between the sexes in the donations of $200 or more that must be reported to the Federal Election Commission. Overall, Trump’s campaign raised some $30 million during the quarter.