Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke raised greater than $6 million on-line throughout the first 24 hours after he introduced his White Home bid, the best first-day quantity reported by any candidate, his marketing campaign stated Monday.
The “record-breaking” $6.1 million got here “and not using a dime” from political motion committees, companies or particular pursuits, O’Rourke spokesman Chris Evans tweeted.
The $6.1 million is simply above what Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reported for his first day as a candidate.
O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Thursday after months of hypothesis, shaking up the already packed Democratic subject and pledging to win over voters from throughout the political spectrum.
O’Rourke raised an eye-popping $80 million in grassroots donations final 12 months in his failed U.S. Senate race in Texas in opposition to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, all whereas largely avoiding cash from PACs. His early fundraising numbers within the presidential contest might be seen as an preliminary sign of whether or not his reputation throughout the Senate marketing campaign will carry over to his White Home bid.
The brand new figures set O’Rourke and Sanders aside from the remainder of the Democratic subject in launch-day fundraising. California Sen. Kamala Harris reported elevating $1.5 million within the 24 hours after she launched her marketing campaign in January. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar reported elevating $1 million within the 48 hours after launching her marketing campaign in February.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee stated three days after beginning his presidential marketing campaign this month that he had raised greater than $1 million, a notable haul for a governor much less broadly identified than lots of his rivals in a subject dominated by senators.
Sanders has set the tempo for 2020 grassroots donations. Aided by the $6 million he pulled in on his first day as a candidate, he took in additional than $10 million within the first week, overwhelmingly from small donors.
O’Rourke, requested final week if he thought he would prime Sanders, stated solely, “We’ll see.”