Beto O’Rourke raises $9.4M in first 18 days of campaign

Bernie Sanders Holds Significant Lead in Poll of Voters Under 30

Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he raised $18 million since launching his 2020 presidential campaign, a substantial sum which, coupled with strong polling, puts him atop the pack of declared contenders for the Democratic nomination.

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. 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.

Her response was to pivot and complain that Democrats are just mad that President Donald Trump beat them - even though this report doesn't have anything to do with Democrats.

So far, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has reported raising $12 million from 138,000 individual donors in the first quarter, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., has said he picked up $7 million from 158,550 donors.

The event, which will take place on April 15, will be hosted by two of the network's news-side anchors-Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum-making the interview more palatable for Sanders' campaign. However, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not officially declared his intention to run, was ahead of Sanders with an average of 28.8 percent. She earned donations from 218,000 individual contributions in the first quarter of 2019.

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised seven million U.S. dollars, calling it "a great look for our first quarter".

Sanders' average donation clocked in at around $20.

The Democratic National Committee has said a candidate must have raised money from 65,000 different donors in order to qualify for the first Democratic TV debates to be held in Miami on 26-27 June.

It's a new day in Democratic politics, with small donors carrying the day.

Buttigieg said his average contribution is about US$36, with 64 per cent of his total coming from those donating US$200 or less.

Shakir emphasized that most of Sanders' contributions came from small-dollar donors who are likely to give again later in the campaign.

For example, Warren is among the perceived favorites in the field but has promised she'll be financing her campaign without leaning on traditional donors.

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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