With just over a month left before the nation begins to make some serious decisions in the 2020 Democratic Primaries, all eyes are on the top tier of candidates and how they plan to capture the imagination of a hotly divided America.
The Democrats have so far hedged their bets, elevating two moderates and two progressives to the upper echelon of the party’s 2020 field, hoping to capture as much attention as possible before the crowd is whittled down to one person.
On the far left of this cabal is Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont with a penchant for democratic socialism. While he may seem to be a bit radical for the mainstream Democratic party, that hasn’t stopped Sanders from raking in the cash during the last quarter of 2019.
The eye-popping October-December fourth-quarter haul was $9 million more than Sanders brought in during the July-September period – and the largest quarterly figure to date for any of the Democrats seeking the White House this year.
The massive fundraising report came as Sanders – who’s making his second straight bid for the presidential nomination – has surged in national and early-voting-state polling the past two months.
The senator’s staffers said that they received over 1.8 million donations during the final three months of 2019, including contributions from 40,000 new donors that were received on New Year’s Eve, the final day of the fourth quarter. They added that the independent senator hauled in over $18 million in December from over 900,000 contributions, his best single month of fundraising.
Democratic insiders have recently taken a renewed liking to Bernie, with rumors circulating last week that the Senator may very well find his footing in time to take the nod from presumptive nominee Joe Biden.
Of course, primary elections are a silly season of sorts, and this gossip may very well have been generated by the pro-Sanders forces themselves.
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