Sanders campaign says it has raised $6 million in its first day

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.) has raised $6 million since kicking off his 2020 presidential bid on Tuesday, his campaign said on Wednesday.

Sanders, who announced his second bid for president early Tuesday morning, raised more than $5.9 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign. Soon after the 24-hour mark, that number had risen to $6 million, according to his campaign.

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The record-setting fundraising haul was powered by small-dollar donations, with the average contribution totaling just $27, his campaign said — a number mirroring the average donation size frequently touted by Sanders during his 2016 White House campaign.  

In all, more than 225,000 individuals gave to the campaign in the first 24 hours following his announcement.

Sanders’s latest fundraising haul blew his previous record out of the water. After announcing his 2016 presidential bid, the Vermont senator raked in roughly $1.5 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign.

Sanders’s 24-hour fundraising haul signals that he may have an early funding edge over his Democratic challengers.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Calif.), another 2020 contender, raised $1.5 million in the 24 hours after announcing her presidential bid last month, matching Sanders’s initial haul from his 2016 campaign.

But other candidates, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Schumer throws support behind bill to study reparations MORE (D-N.J.), have yet to release fundraising numbers of their own.

A year-end Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing from ActBlue, the Democrats’ online fundraising platform, showed that Warren raised more than $299,000 from online donations on the day she announced that she was forming an exploratory committee.

The eventual Democratic presidential nominee will have to go up against President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE and his campaign’s massive war chest. Trump’s campaign entered 2019 with more than $19 million in cash on hand, according to his most recent FEC filing.