Democratic U.S. presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders attracted $46.5 million in February, his campaign stated Sunday and can launch new TV advert buys in nine states with primaries later this month after this week’s Super Tuesday contests.
The declaration came the day after ex-VP Joe Biden recorded a firm triumph over Sanders in South Carolina. That was the fourth nominating contest in the state-by-state Democratic race to select a challenger to Republican President Trump in the November election.
Biden’s campaign reported raising $5 million on the day of the South Carolina primary.
In the meantime, contestant Elizabeth Warren, who struggled to a fifth-place finish in South Carolina, raised over $29 million in February, her campaign manager Roger Lau said in a memo to supporters Sunday. That figure, which was pushed by a pair of strong debate performances in February, is more than Warren’s earlier total for any quarter.
The fundraising haul for Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, came from over 2.2 million donations and surpassed what any Democratic candidate had raised in any full three-month quarter last year.
Seeking to reclaim momentum after the South Carolina result, the Sanders campaign stated he had attracted $4.5 million on Saturday alone – the best fundraising day since he launched his campaign.
Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York, is self-funding his campaign and has spent a half-billion dollars to compete in the nominating races beginning in March.