Sanders hits 1 million donors

Sanders hits 1 million donors
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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (I-Vt.) announced Thursday that his campaign has garnered more than 1 million individual donors, making him the first candidate to claim to have hit the milestone.

“With 1 million contributors, this is the only Democratic campaign that has more supporters than Donald Trump,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement.

“Our strength is in numbers, and that is why Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who is able to say his campaign will rely only on grassroots funding in both the primary and against Donald Trump. Like all campaigns we are beholden to our donors, and we’re proud to stand with one million working people."

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The campaign declared Sanders the fastest candidate in history to reach the milestone and said 99.5 percent of its donors are eligible to donate again since they have yet to reach the maximum donation amount.

Starbucks, Walmart and Amazon are the most common employers of individuals who have donated to the senator's White House bid, while teachers remain the top occupation, his campaign said.

The 2.5 million overall donations have come in from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, while more than 125,000 donors make monthly recurring contributions, according to figures released by his staff.

Sanders is seeking to shore up support for his campaign following weeks of rising polling figures for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (D-Mass.), the other top progressive in the Democratic primary who has overtaken him in the Real Clear Politics polling index.

Both candidates still trail former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE in most national and statewide polls, though Biden's lead in several polls has become narrower.

Seeking to dismiss concerns over Sanders’s electability, his campaign noted Thursday that it has attracted 81,000 donations from counties that flipped from former President Obama in 2012 to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE in 2016.

Sanders has cultivated a loyal grassroots following since his 2016 insurgent presidential bid against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Hillary Clinton praises former administration officials who testified before House as 'gutsy women' Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart MORE, the eventual Democratic nominee that year, helping ensure he will have the runway to compete far into the party's 2020 nominating contest.