First 2020 Dem fundraising numbers give early snapshot of competitive primary ahead

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The $18 million figure shows Sanders holding an advantage over the two other Democratic competitors who have released their first quarter fundraising sums. Sen.

Sanders campaign officials said his first-quarter haul, which included donations from all 50 states, will allow him to expand campaign staff and operations in early voting states in next year's primary contests, which kicks off in Iowa in February. The mayor of South Bend Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, whose campaign has gained momentum in recent weeks, has raised $7 million.

The totals for the first quarter, which ran through to March 31, are the first measure of how candidates are performing.

While Sanders raised more in the first quarter of this year than he did four years ago, when he raised $15 million in the first quarter, his $18 million is still well below the $46 million Hillary Clinton raised in the first three months of her failed 2016 White House bid.

Besides Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris of California put up an impressive US$12m haul. And, at this time when small donors are fueling the biggest campaigns, Sanders' fundraising reflects not just financial strength, but a grassroots momentum that other candidates envy. Greenwood speculates O'Rourke's number will rival Sanders's, given that in the first 24 hours of his presidential campaign, O'Rourke said he had raised some $6.1 million.

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The profession with the most donors to Sanders' campaign was teachers, according to Shakir. She never released a first-day fundraising total after she launched her exploratory committee December 31, but, based on filings by the fundraising site Act Blue, it has been estimated at as little as $300,000.

Just as important as the bottom line: Buttigieg said he has nearly 160,000 unique donors, a mark that meets the new grassroots fundraising thresholds that the Democratic National Committee has set for candidates to qualify for the initial summer debates. That total, amassed over 41 days culminating with Sunday's quarterly deadline, means Sanders enters the second phase of the campaign with $28 million in cash-on-hand. "There are a lot of voters that a Democrat is going to need to get elected president who watch Fox News".

The money came in the form of almost 900,000 contributions from 525,000 individual donors, according to Shakir.

O'Rourke said his average contribution was US$43, with 98 per cent of his donations coming from people giving less than US$200.

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