Bernie Sanders takes the early fundraising lead for 2020

Bernie Sanders takes the early fundraising lead for 2020

Bernie Sanders takes the early fundraising lead for 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has raised 18.2 million US dollars in the first quarter of 2019, which demonstrates stronger-than-ever support for the left-leaning politician.

The first quarter ended March 31, but campaigns aren't required to report their totals to the Federal Election Commission until April 15.

Sanders, whose left-wing populism propelled his strong challenge in 2016 to Hillary Clinton for the party's nomination that year, now leads declared presidential candidates in Democratic polling.

O'Rourke raised $6.1 million during his first 24 hours of presidential campaigning beginning March 14, edging Bernie Sanders' $5.9 million over the same period to top the Democratic field.

"Compared to this point in the last presidential cycle, young Democratic voters are more engaged and likely to have an even greater impact in choosing their party's nominee". Yet when her campaign aides released fundraising totals for the first quarter, it wasn't the big checks they touted.

"This campaign will have the resources and the volunteer, grassroots strength to compete in every single state in the primary process", Jeff Weaver, who led Sanders' 2016 campaign and now serves as a senior adviser to his 2020 bid, told reporters on a press call Tuesday.

Halper and Hook report eighty percent of Bernie Sanders' donors had given to a previous Sanders campaign, reflecting his durability as a candidate.

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Besides Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris of California put up an impressive $12 million haul.

In her first quarter as a candidate ahead of 2016, Clinton topped $45 million.

The profession with the most donors to Sanders' campaign was teachers, according to Shakir. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) raised $7 million since he entered the race, a strong showing for a candidate who began the campaign with little name recognition. His campaign said the average contribution size was $20 - a figure that is significantly lower than O'Rourke's $43 average contribution size.

O'Rourke's campaign said it received 218,000 contributions, though it did not reveal how many individuals were responsible for those contributions - and some people could have donated multiple times.

But Shakir said the near-miss was an example of the campaign's bold ambitions.

With such a crowded field - more than 15 Democrats have announced they are running - fundraising abilities have become an early way to prove to donors and potential supporters that a candidate is viable.

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