Sanders raised over $750,000 for candidates in Tuesday primaries

Sanders raised over $750,000 for candidates in Tuesday primaries
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Kamala Harris: The outreach Latinos need Biden and Harris seen as more moderate than Trump and Pence: poll MORE (I-Vt.) raised over $750,000 for congressional and local candidates running in Tuesday’s primaries, underscoring how he’s retained his financial prowess even after leaving the presidential race.

Sanders’s team, which also texted information to more than 120,000 supporters, raised money for several candidates in New York and Kentucky, including a pair of high-profile insurgents, Jamaal Bowman in New York and state Rep. Charles Booker (D) in Kentucky.

Bowman is waging a stiff primary challenge to Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOvernight Defense: Trump reportedly considering replacing Esper after election | FBI, Air Force investigating after helicopter shot at in Virginia | Watchdog says UK envoy made inappropriate comments on religion, race, sex Watchdog: Trump's UK envoy made inappropriate remarks on religion, race, sex Allegations roil progressive insurgent's House bid MORE (D-N.Y.), a 16-term incumbent, and Booker is running for the Democratic nomination in the Kentucky Senate race against Amy McGrath, a favorite of the party establishment. Both have seen a surge in momentum in recent weeks. 

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Donations also flowed to Mondaire Jones, who is running for the open seat in New York’s 17th Congressional District; Samelys López, who is running in New York’s open 15th Congressional District; and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Overnight Energy: EPA finalizes rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane emissions standards | Democratic lawmakers ask Interior to require masks indoors at national parks | Harris climate agenda stresses need for justice Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides MORE (D-N.Y.), among others.

“The senator has said his campaign was about building a movement — not just electing a president,” Misty Rebik, executive director of Friends of Bernie Sanders, said in a press release. “He’s using the power he’s built to lift up candidates who are running on the bold agenda working families in our country so desperately need.” 

The haul indicates that Sanders’s donor network and email list are still potent forces in down-ballot races despite his unsuccessful White House bid. The fundraising efforts also shine a light on how Sanders seeks to buoy a progressive movement that has seen few successes in down-ballot races this year. 

Liberals rejoiced when Marie Newman, a progressive challenger in Illinois, unseated Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiBottom line How a progressive populist appears to have toppled Engel House to pass sweeping police reform legislation MORE (Ill.) in a primary earlier this year, though progressives also lost in other high-profile primaries against Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattySanders raised over 0,000 for candidates in Tuesday primaries The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives raise expectations ahead of big primary night Left eyes huge night in NY, Kentucky primaries MORE (D-Ohio) and failed to secure one of their own as the Democratic White House nominee. 

Of all the nonincumbents supported by Sanders’s team, Bowman and Booker have garnered the most attention in recent weeks. 

“Booker and Bowman are — forget about where they are on the spectrum — they’re good candidates,” Jonathan Tasini, a progressive strategist, told The Hill. “I think too often, the progressive movement is willing to wrap their arms around people who channel their anger at the establishment without understanding whether those people can actually run good races and are good candidates.”