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June 20, 2019

Beto O’Rourke raises over $6 million in first 24 hours of 2020 campaign, breaking Bernie Sanders’s record

March 19, 2019
Beto O’Rourke greets audience members during a stop at the Central Park Coffee Company in Mount Pleasant, Iowa last week. (Charlie Neibergall / AP)

Beto O’Rourke announced Monday he raised more than $6 million in the first 24 hours of his 2020 presidential campaign, breaking a previous record set by Bernie Sanders.

After kicking off his 2020 bid Thursday morning, O’Rourke said he raked in $6,136,763 by Friday morning from individual donors across all 50 states.


“Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for President — a campaign by all of us for all of us that answers not to the PACs, corporations and special interests but to the people,” the former Texas congressman said in a statement.

The 46-year-old Democrat proved his fundraising prowess last year, drawing a whopping $70 million for his failed midterm bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.

Vermont Sen. Sanders, one of O’Rourke’s top challengers in the crowded Democratic primary field, previously held the 2020 campaign cycle fundraising record, collecting about $5.9 million within 24 hours of his campaign launch last month.

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In light of O’Rourke’s announcement, Sanders tried to get a leg up.

“This morning, Beto O’Rourke announced that he raised more money than us,” the Sanders campaign said in an email to donors asking them to fork over more cash. “The good news is, we more than likely had a lot more individual donations than he did. But what that means is if we are going to avoid getting outspent, it’s going to take lots and lots of people making individual donations to catch up.”

Trailing behind O’Rourke and Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris got third place in fundraising, with supporters giving her about $1.5 million within 24 hours of her Jan. 21 announcement.

Fourteen Democrats have already announced bids to challenge President Trump in 2020, and former Vice President Joe Biden is rumored to be considering joining the fray as well.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is the only New Yorker running so far.

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