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Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park'

Opinion by: Krystal Ball

Last night was make or break for Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy MORE and he absolutely hit it out of the park. He came in, he was feisty, he was fired up, he was the voice of moral clarity — in particular on the Democratic Party, whether they have the guts to do the big things that are really necessary to challenge the corporate interests and the special interests in this country.

He also had a sense of humor. He joked about medical marijuana, he was able to brush easily questions about his health. I think that will basically be put behind him at this point because he was so vigorous and effective last night. I would say this is the best debate performance that he’s had not only this election cycle but over the course of his presidential campaigning career. He really was on top of it.

But it doesn’t end there. Also now getting a clear picture of where every single candidate stands in terms of their fundraising, and once again, Bernie Sanders is on top of the heap. Not only did he he out-raise all of his competitors in Q3 but he sits on $33 million dollars cash-on-hand — a full $8 million more than the closest competitor Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Biden to nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary: report Bottom line MORE.

Meanwhile, Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit Protect our world: How the Biden administration can save lives and economies worldwide MORE, he has plummeted to just under $9 million cash on hand. He’s in a very dangerous position, so this matters a great deal. We also have new numbers out from the Sanders campaign just from yesterday. Yesterday alone, they raised $620,000 from 40,000 different individual contributors. They’re the only campaign who has more individual contributors than Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE, so they’re going to be touting that and it’s a very important metric.

Adding to his big comeback week, we learned last night through reporting through the Washington Post and also confirmed here on our own show with senior advisor Chuck Rocha, that this weekend AOC will be backing Bernie Sanders. He’s also picked up two other members of the squad — Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations MORE.