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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package 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 HarrisMichelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' Harris endorses Democrat in tight California House race 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 WarrenTrump says government to review 5M Kodak loan deal Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerUSAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA rule extends life of toxic coal ash ponds | Flint class action suit against Mich. officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill 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 TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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.