Hill editor-in-chief: Fundraising haul shows Sanders isn't going away

The Hill’s editor-in-chief, Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects Trump legal switch hints at larger problems MORE, said Friday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE’s (I-Vt.) latest fundraising numbers show that the presidential contender isn't going away anytime soon and is in the 2020 race for the long haul.

“This shows you the energy,” Cusack said in response to Sanders’s $34.5 million fundraising haul during the fourth quarter of 2019.

“He’s obviously going to do well,” he added. “Regardless, just like in 2016, he’s going to be going all the way to the convention.”

Cusack argued Sanders’s strong performance throughout the Democratic presidential primary has already made Democrats on Capitol Hill nervous that he will succeed in winning the party's nomination.

“They’ll privately tell you, they’re nervous about Bernie Sanders winning the nomination but with that amount of money he is not going to be going away,” he said.

Sanders’s $34.5 million in campaign donations marks a significant increase from his previous third-quarter $25.3 million fundraising haul. 

Sanders also managed to beat out his top rivals: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDebate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Hillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE

Biden raised $22.7 million in the fourth quarter, while Warren pulled in $21.2 million. 

The Vermont senator has consistently polled at the top of most national polls. However, Sanders still lags behind Biden by a sizable margin.

A Economist/YouGov poll released on Wednesday showed Biden with 29 percent support compared to Sanders’s 19 percent, which marks a 10-point lead. 

Warren, meanwhile, trails Sanders at 18 percent followed by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Funky Academic:' Public has been 'groomed to measure progress by firsts' Biden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans MORE who had 8 percent.

—Tess Bonn