WASHINGTON: Democrat Elizabeth Warren raised a solid US$24.6 million in third-quarter contributions to her 2020 White House campaign, her office said on Friday (Oct 4), easily outraising frontrunner Joe Biden and rivalling fellow progressive Bernie Sanders.
The July-to-September haul came from 943,000 donations with an average contribution of US$26, Senator Warren's presidential campaign said in a statement.
Warren, who has risen dramatically in the polls in recent months and is now battling Biden for the top spot in the Democratic nomination race, has prided herself on not accepting contributions from corporations or holding closed-door fundraisers with wealthy donors.
"Instead, she got to spend her time travelling across the country, hosting town halls, taking tens of thousands of selfies, and hearing directly from people about what's on their minds – and people like you chipped in to help make it possible," Warren campaign manager Roger Lau said.
The numbers are in line with the massive haul claimed by fellow Senator Sanders, who raked in US$25.3 million for the period, the most of any Democratic 2020 candidate.
The 78-year-old Sanders put his White House bid on hold this week to be treated for a blocked artery – but his wife said on Thursday he was recovering well and plans to participate in this month's Democratic debate.
Sanders announced his fundraising figures earlier in the week but on Friday noted the historic nature of his candidacy, which his campaign said has had to fight the establishment "doubt" that he can win the White House.
"At this point in the campaign, Bernie has received more contributions from more individuals than any candidate in the history of American presidential politics," campaign manager Faiz Shakir said.
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