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Bernie Sanders Raises Nearly $6 Million on Day One of His Presidential Campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns in Iowa in January 2016. - FILE: PAUL HEINTZ
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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns in Iowa in January 2016.
Updated February 20, 2019, at 10:50 a.m.

Within 24 hours of joining the race for president Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reeled in more than $5.9 million, according to his campaign. The money came from roughly 223,000 individual donors.

The campaign said it also signed up $600,000 worth of recurring, monthly donations.

Sanders' fundraising haul shatters this cycle's record, which was briefly held by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). In her first day on the trail last month, Harris picked up $1.5 million from 38,000 donors.
Four years earlier, Sanders himself raised $1.5 million from 100,000 donors on the day he joined the 2016 race for the Democratic nomination. By the end of that campaign, he had raised more than $234 million.

In his announcement Tuesday morning, Sanders called for a million voters to pledge their support. His campaign said that 330,000 had done so by Tuesday evening. His announcement video was viewed by more than 5.7 million people that day on social media.

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