By Jesse Byrnes
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump thought biker rally crowd would resemble ‘I Have a Dream’ speech Sanders supporter challenges Wyo. delegate allocation Snowden mocks Trump for refusing to debate Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) raised $1.3 million in four hours after the first Democratic presidential debate started on Tuesday night, according to his campaign.
His campaign blasted out an email seeking donations from his line defending Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWeld wins Libertarian nomination for VP Sanders supporter challenges Wyo. delegate allocation Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals MORE’s use of a private email server as secretary of State.
Sanders slightly edged out Clinton for most Twitter mentions during the debate, with 41 percent of the tweets to Clinton’s 39 percent, based on metrics released by the social media platform.
The three other candidates on stage – former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee — took a combined 20 percent.
Sanders was also listed as the top candidate discussed during the debate on Facebook.
The self-described democratic socialist has an avid online following, which often boosts his social media profile even during Republican presidential debates.
Sanders's campaign reported raising $26 million during the previous quarter this year, closely behind Clinton's $28 million. That included $2 million in online donations for Sanders on the final filing day of that quarter.