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Beto O’Rourke reports raising $9.4 million for his presidential bid

Beto O’Rourke reports raising $9.4 million for his presidential bid”

The Democratic "fundraising primary" is underway, and when first quarter numbers started trickling out this week, several journalists used Senator Harris' $12 million take as an excuse to praise Buttegieg's much smaller haul, logic would dictate that O'Rourke's meager lead over Buttegieg should be similarly covered.

Final fundraising tallies from January through March won't come out until April 15 when candidates officially file their numbers with the FEC. On the other side, John McCain's campaign expressed disappointment in raising $13 million compared to Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani's respective $21 million and $15 million hauls.

Additionally, the Democratic National Committee has said a candidate must have raised money from 65,000 different donors in order to qualify for the first debate to be held on June 26 and 27.

Senator Bernie Sanders joins former Vice-President Joe Biden atop many polls of prospective Democratic primary voters. One Democratic megadonor, Susie Tompkins Buell, already appears to have second thoughts on her preferred candidate, hosting a fundraiser for Buttigieg after endorsing Harris. Interestingly enough, Biden failed to raise substantial dollars in the first quarter of the 2008 presidential election cycle.

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That haul puts O'Rourke in the top tier of presidential campaign fundraising, and on a per-day basis puts him ahead of the rest of the field, at over a half-million dollars a day. Plus, he did it with more small donors than any other candidate so far, leading the pack among the sought-after demographic.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has raised 18.2 million USA dollars in the first quarter of 2019, which demonstrates stronger-than-ever support for the left-leaning politician.

As she was first elected in 2016, Harris doesn't have the same cash on hand advantage.

O'Rourke's campaign said the former congressman collected 218,000 contributions since launching his campaign in mid-March. She has just $1.3 million to transfer to her presidential campaign.

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Sanders entered the race in February and announced raising $18.2 million in 41 days of campaigning. Sanders, for example, raised US$10m, more than half his total, in his first week.

As impressive as Sanders' fundraising has been, it's not as large as previous presidential contenders who were more reliant on big donors.

But O'Rourke's average $48 donation means he can keep coming back to his huge network of online supporters time and again - the same method that he used to set Senate fundraising records in his 2018 bid against Sen.

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