Sanders campaign says it raised nearly $6 million on 1st day

Christopher Wilson
Senior Writer

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination raised nearly $6 million in its first 24 hours, per information provided by the campaign.

The independent senator from Vermont launched his campaign early Tuesday morning with an email blast, earning $5.9 million in donations from just under 225,000 people with an average donation of $27, according to a Sanders campaign release.

As a comparison, Sen. Kamala Harris of California raised $1.5 million from 38,000 donors in the first 24 hours of her campaign following a January launch, her team said. When Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts launched her exploratory committee at the end of December, she raised $299,000 from roughly 8,000 donors, per a Politico analysis.

Sen. Bernie Sanders at a news conference, Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

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The network Sanders built during his 2016 campaign is seen as an advantage as the 77-year-old attempts to improve on his runner-up finish against a larger and more diverse field of candidates, some of whom are running on messaging similar to his. With many of the contenders swearing off direct donations from corporate political action committees, small donors will play a key role in the marathon primary set to unfold over the next year-plus.

A New York Times analysis from earlier this month estimated that Sanders’s list of 2.1 million online donors roughly equaled the total of every other Democratic hopeful combined. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who built up a network during his 2018 Senate run against Ted Cruz, was second at 743,000, the only other candidate with over 350,000 donors. The Times analysis also found that Sanders donors were the most exclusive, with 87 percent giving only to him. In the 2016 cycle, Sanders raised $135 million in donations of $200 or less.

This story has been updated with the latest donation figures provided by the Sanders campaign.

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