Bernie Sanders Is Just Really Crushing It Today

He passed 2 million donations and nabbed two major endorsements
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2015 4:32 PM CST
Bernie Sanders, notably without his AK, could be heard to say: "It was a good day."   (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

(Newser) – While Bernie Sanders may not have [expletive] around and got a triple-double, Ice Cube's good day doesn't have anything on the one Sanders is having. NPR reports the Sanders campaign was already celebrating receiving 2 million donations when news came in Thursday that two major endorsements had gone their way. According to MSNBC, the Communications Workers of America endorsed Sanders after an "overwhelming" victory in an online poll of its 700,000 members. That was followed by Democracy for America—a progressive group founded by Howard Dean's brother—throwing its support behind Sanders, NPR reports. "It’s a much needed boost for a candidate whose campaign’s momentum seemed to stall a bit lately," MSNBC states.

The Sanders campaign announced hitting 2 million donations Wednesday night, the Washington Post reports. That's more than any other candidate from either party. In fact, Sanders is only the second presidential candidate ever to surpass 2 million donations—and his campaign is confident he can break the 2.2 million record set by Obama's reelection campaign. The average donation to the Sanders campaign is $30. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has raised nearly double what Sanders has—despite having only 600,000 donations at the end of September, according to NPR. Nearly 75% of donations to the Clinton campaign are $1,000 or more. A statement from the Sanders campaign states the 2 million donations show "we can run a strong and we believe winning campaign without a super PAC, without contributions from millionaires and billionaires." (Check out a rapper interviewing Sanders.)

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