Sanders campaign reports raising $4M in less than a day

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign raised more than $4 million Tuesday in the 12 hours after it was announced. 

Sanders raised the money from almost 150,000 individual donors in all 50 states, the campaign said in a press release. The average donation amounted to $27, mirroring that of the 2016 campaign.


The haul more than doubles Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals MORE’s (D-Calif.) gains of $1.5 million in the first 24 hours after she announced her own presidential campaign. Harris had previously been the largest first-day fundraiser in the primary field.

Sanders entered what is already a crowded primary field, with at least 11 Democrats either already running or signaling they intend to do so.

The Vermont independent, who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, automatically became one of the pack’s front-runners with his announcement. He gained national prominence after he electrified the progressive base in 2016 with his insurgent primary campaign against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE. Though he lost, Sanders still holds significant sway over many Democratic voters.

Though Sanders consistently ranks near the top of polls surveying support for Democratic candidates, election prognosticators are skeptical if he can recreate the enthusiasm he sparked in 2016. While he was the sole progressive in that contest, several primary candidates, including Harris and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Poll: Biden support hits record low of 26 percent The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths Harris proposes keeping schools open for 10 hours a day MORE (D-N.Y.) are angling their appeal toward more liberal voters in the 2020 cycle.