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Home | News | Election Center: Vote2020 | Beto O’Rourke raises $6.1 million in first 24 hours – beating Bernie Sanders and all other 2020 contenders
Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks with supporters in Waterloo, Iowa, during a three-day road trip across the state. REUTERS/Ben Brewer

Beto O’Rourke raises $6.1 million in first 24 hours – beating Bernie Sanders and all other 2020 contenders

Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million for his presidential campaign in his first 24 hours as a candidate, beating every other 2020 Democrat who has disclosed first-day figures, according to his campaign.

The haul surpasses that of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who raised $5.9 million in the 24 hours after his campaign launch.

O’Rourke’s campaign said the $6.1 million came from online contributions. He also said that he didn’t take any political action committee money, and that he received contributions from every state and territory in the nation.

“In just 24 hours, 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,” O’Rourke said in a statement.

O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, is the second Texan in the crowded Democratic primary to take on President Donald Trump. He joins Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and U.S. housing secretary.

Candidates are not required to disclose their one-day hauls. Still, O’Rourke’s $6.1 million is an eye-popping number — especially when compared to the other Democrats who have already announced their first-day figures. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California raised $1.5 million in the first 24 hours as a candidate. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, meanwhile, raised $1 million within the first 48 hours of her campaign.

Expectations for O’Rourke’s one-day figures were high, especially after he shattered Senate campaign fundraising records and raised a total of $80 million last year in his race to unseat Ted Cruz. O’Rourke’s decision to not immediately release the 24-hour fundraising number last week had raised questions about whether he had had a successful haul. During a three-day Iowa trip, he repeatedly declined to share the figure with reporters, at one point acknowledging he was choosing not to.

O’Rourke formally entered the presidential race Thursday morning. In the video announcing his candidacy, O’Rourke said he will travel the country before returning to El Paso on March 30 for a kickoff rally.

Additional reporting by Patrick Svitek.

Author: ALEX SAMUELSThe Texas Tribune

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  1. #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

    Former congressman Beto O’Rourke keeps making El Paso more popular as everyday goes bye. Yesterday he was on MSNBC with Katy Tur in which the program was followed by, Russia if you are listening!
    Beto O’Rourke does not have the bad rap sheet that Donald Trump has,sure that he’s run into minor troubles during his early life,everybody make bad choices and mistakes. But this man could really become the 46 president of the United States, unlike the Russian colluder puppet of Vladimir Putin residing inside the white house now.
    Given that the whole world knows how corrupted he is including 75% of the American population, as we all know how disgusting Donald Trump is and always has being a nasty SOB!
    The problem is that his base is stuck on Trump like blood sucking leeches,mainly because they are the same as he is. Nothing but racist bigots aka the basket of deplorable’s, ans mostly white nationalist the the New Zealand shooter that kill fifty innocent people at a mosque last week.
    Here in the United States that make hit list and death threats and they also shoot school children and Jews at their Synagogues.
    But this thread is about Beto O’Rourke and he keeps putting El Paso on the map in a positive way! and more and more Americans are starting to find out what a great safe city we are.
    And that we are blessed to live in El Paso, I just hope that it don’t draw an exodus of people wanting to move here from other parts of the country. Mainly racist prejudice bigots like the trumpTURDS!
    BETO O’ROURKE FOR UNITED STATES PRESIDENT IN 2020!
    Trump for PRISON IN 2020!

    • Not a bad rap sheet eh? DUI with an accident, fleeing the scene and computer hacking.

      • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

        Yeah! and what about George W Bush driving drunk and Laura Bush involved in a traffic accident killing a pedestrian while she was also driving drunk! All swept under the table as usual. at least Beto admits to his mistakes while Trump lies about his, considering Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen both going to prison for lying for Trump. Mikey, you are El Paso’s own Cesar Sayoc so STFU!

    • Heymoron, Mueller is gone. What name will you go by now? Idiot!

  2. O’Dork gets away with drunken vehicle accidents like a Kennedy, appropriates other cultures like Elizabeth “Lieawatha” Warren, and marries into wealth like John Kerry. He is the total democratic package?

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