Sen. Bernie Sanders got some good news Monday as his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination approached 5 million donations and, at an average of $18, looked set to end 2019 head and shoulders above his competitors for total money raised over the year.
“Bernie Sanders demolished all of the other candidates,” tweeted activist and Sanders surrogate Shaun King. “It’s not even close.”
The numbers came from New York Times reporting on the Democratic field’s fundraising for the end of the year. The Sanders campaign reported raising $26 million in the fourth quarter, putting the Vermont senator firmly in the top tier of candidates in the 2020 primary.
As the Times explained:
According to Times reporter Shane Goldmacher, extrapolating on the data in a Twitter thread, Sanders is on track to raise roughly $87.5 million by the end of 2019.
“His campaign said today he’s at 4.865 million donations for the year, with a previous disclosed average donation of $18,” tweeted Goldmacher. “That means he’s raised ~$87.5 million for the year.”
The campaign is hoping to hit 5 million donations by the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, telling supporters in an email that they can donate as little as $2.70 to help the senator reach the mark.
“Our movement has all the momentum right now,” the campaign said in an email. “And reaching our goal of 5 million donations will ensure we continue to hold onto our momentum as we approach the Iowa caucus.”
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