Sanders campaign raised $34.5M in fourth quarter

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter 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 BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies 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 John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Hill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party 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 Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa 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 YangPoll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 MORE's campaign announced on New Year's Eve that it had raked in $4 million during the last week of December.