Donors: Sanders Is Now Outraising Clinton

Poll says he would crush Trump in general election
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2015 1:11 AM CST
Bernie Sanders supporters rally alongside Hillary Clinton supporters outside the debate hall before the Democratic presidential primary debate on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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(Newser) – Bernie Sanders has apparently managed to pull ahead of Hillary Clinton in fundraising for the first time—and his rival might actually be getting worried despite her huge lead in the polls. Clinton donors tell Politico that they expect Sanders, who nearly pulled even with Clinton in fundraising during the third quarter of 2015, to be in the lead when fourth-quarter results come out. Sanders relies on small donations, and on Tuesday he announced that his campaign has received 2.3 million individual contributions from around a million donors, which he said was "more contributions that have come into a campaign than any campaign in American history up into this point," including the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns, CNN reports.

Clinton stepped up fundraising efforts this week, though some donors hint that they see her primary victory as a done deal and are saving their cash for the general election. "Let Bernie outraise her—he's not going to be the nominee," a top donor tells Politico. "The idea that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz could actually be the president is going to be the greatest fundraising mechanism in the history of the world, and it’s just too early for that." A Quinnipiac University poll released this week found that Clinton is ahead of Sanders among Democrats, 61% to 30%, but in a general election, the senator would beat Donald Trump 51% to 38%, while Clinton would have a smaller margin of victory at 47% to 40%. (Sanders thinks Trump "must have a very unusual relationship with women.")

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