Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'It's not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms 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 HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet 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.
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 ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary 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 WarrenDems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing Republican spin on Biden is off the mark MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWhich proposals will survive in the Democrats' spending plan? Proposals to reform supports for parents face chopping block Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending MORE (D-N.Y.) are angling their appeal toward more liberal voters in the 2020 cycle.