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Bernie Sanders raises $5.9 million in first 24 hours of 2020 candidacy

February 20, 2019

bernie-sanders-kamala-harrisBernie Sanders’s 2020 campaign has raised $6 million in its first 24 hours—four times the first-day total of Democratic nomination rival Kamala Harris.

Harris raised approximately $1.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign, but—as The Daily Beast noted—Sanders reportedly hit this total just four hours after kicking off his campaign Tuesday.

Before Sanders officially announced his second White House bid Harris was widely tipped as a front-runner among a crowded field of declared candidates.

The Sanders campaign announced Wednesday morning it had received $5.9 million from some 225,000 donors, The New York Times reported. Harris’s campaign previously said its 24-hour total came from roughly 38,000 individuals.

Fellow candidate Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, raised more than $1 million in the first two days of her presidential bid, per The Guardian.

As The Times notes, Sanders raised more than $200 million when he ran for the Democratic nomination during the 2016 election cycle. Sanders bowed out of the race in July 2016, instead endorsing rival Hillary Clinton.

Harris officially launched her campaign in January after embarking on a book tour for her memoir,The Truths We Hold. As well as Harris, Sanders is also in competition with high profile Democrats including Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren.

Booker, a senator for New Jersey, kicked off his bid February 1, releasing a video describing his experiences growing up as a person of color and praising the values of community. In a nod to iconic American poet Maya Angelou, he ended the video with the words, “Together, America, we will rise.”

Massachusetts senator Warren, who announced her bid on News Year’s Eve, states on her website that she intends to battle corruption in Washington, strengthen democracy, rebuild the middle class, reform criminal justice and promote foreign policy that serves all Americans. She continues to face scrutiny over her claims to Native American ancestry.

A self-described Democratic socialist, Sanders is well-known for his progressive stance on issues such as healthcare, environmentalism and economic equality.

According to a Monmouth University poll published in February before his announcement, more Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents would support Sanders’s bid. This put him behind only former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet thrown his hat into the 2020 ring. The results of the poll can be seen in the graphic below, provided by Statista.




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