If anyone had doubts that Pete Buttigieg is a serious contender for president, those doubts may dissipate after a look at the latest fundraising numbers. After bringing in a notable $7 million in his first three months of the race, Buttigieg's campaign announced Monday that they raised $24.8 million in the second quarter, a "head-turning total," per the New York Times. About 294,000 donors ponied up for the campaign this time around—230,000 of them new contributors—with the money coming from a combination of online donations, grassroots events, and big donors with deep pockets. Fox Business notes that this cache of cash will help Buttigieg compete against candidates who came into the race with much bigger name recognition, like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
"This fundraising report shows that Pete's message is resonating with Americans, and it's proof that we are building an organization that can compete," Buttigieg campaign manager Mike Schmuhl said in a Monday morning email to supporters. "You inspire us every step of the way, and we're just getting started," Buttigieg himself tweeted Monday. Still, despite his impressive haul, the Times notes Buttigieg has other hurdles to overcome, including poll numbers that still hover in the single digits, as well as trouble back home in South Bend, Ind., involving a black man's death at the hands of a white police officer, which could affect black voters' support for him. No other Democratic candidates have announced their second-quarter numbers yet, but they all have to turn them in to the Federal Election Commission by July 15. (Read more Pete Buttigieg stories.)