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Biden Leads Democrats With $6.3M Raised on Day One

New candidate tops Bernie Sanders' debut
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2019 4:58 PM CDT
An image released by ABC shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, second from right, with co-hosts, from left, Abby Huntsman, Ana Navarro, and Sunny Hostin Friday on "The View."   (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via AP)

(Newser) – The first 24 hours of Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign brought in $6.3 million. That topped Bernie Sanders' $5.9 million, CNN reports, and included online donations from more than 96,900 people. Aides said that 12 hours after he launched his campaign Thursday, Biden had met the fundraising criteria to appear in the early Democratic National Committee debates. Wanting an impressive first day, the former vice president planned a fundraiser Thursday. "People think Iowa and New Hampshire are the first test," he told supporters, per Politico, which noted the total should affirm Biden's fundraising ability. "It’s not. The first 24 hours. That’s the first test." After Biden announced, the Sanders campaign sent fundraising emails to small-dollar donors with "Joe Biden" in the subject line. (Read more Joe Biden stories.)

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