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

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.

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wisc., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., participate in a news conference on Senate ethics reform legislation in the Senate TV studio on Monday Jan. 8, 2006.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (R) walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) walks with President Barack Obama through the Colonnade as he arrives at the White House for an Oval Office meeting June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. Sanders met with President Obama after Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for president.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivers a statement after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) walks with President Barack Obama through the Colonnade as he arrives at the White House for an Oval Office meeting June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. Sanders met with President Obama after Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for president.

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US President Barack Obama walks with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders through the Colonnade for a meeting in the Oval Office on June 9, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane leave the West Wing of the White House after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, walk to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Obama said yesterday he expects Democrats to unify soon behind their presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and that her divisive primary contest with Sanders was healthy for the party.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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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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