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Sanders campaign raised $34.5M in fourth quarter

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE’s (I-Vt.) campaign said Thursday that the Democratic presidential hopeful raked in more than $34.5 million in fundraising during the fourth quarter, putting the senator in a strong position ahead of the first nominating contests next month. 

The haul is the largest fundraising quarter of the 2020 Democratic primary so far. 

Additionally, the campaign said it received more than 1.8 million donations in the final quarter of the year.

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Sanders raised $18 million in the month of December alone and brought in contributions from 40,000 new donors on the final day of the fourth quarter, according to his campaign. 

The latest haul is roughly $9 million more than his third-quarter fundraising haul of $25.3 million.  

The senator's latest numbers come as he gears up to face off against his Democratic rivals in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary in February. National polls consistently show Sanders in second place behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE, according to a RealClearPolitics average. 

Sanders's campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, highlighted the campaign's grassroots fundraising strategy in a statement Thursday. 

"You build a grassroots movement to beat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE and create a political revolution one $18 donation at a time, and that’s exactly why Bernie is going to win," Shakir said. 

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The news comes after former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE’s (D) campaign announced on Wednesday that he brought in more than $24.7 million in the fourth quarter, exceeding his third-quarter haul of $19.2 million. 

Biden and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-Mass.) have yet to release their fourth-quarter numbers. However, Warren released a statement in late December urging supporters to give to her campaign. The Massachusetts senator noted that she had raised $17 million, a "good chunk" behind what her campaign had raised in the previous quarter.

Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangAdams, Wiley lead field in NYC mayoral primary: poll Republican House campaign arm says it will begin soliciting cryptocurrency donations Five takeaways from the NYC Democratic mayoral debate MORE's campaign announced on New Year's Eve that it had raked in $4 million during the last week of December.