Bernie Sanders Almost Matches Hillary Clinton’s Fund-Raising

Hillary Clinton heard the fund-raising footsteps of Senator Bernie Sander creeping closer over the last three months.

Sanders’s campaign said it raised more than $24 million in the third quarter. That is a stone’s throw away from the $28 million in donations that Clinton received over the same period.

He still has quite a bit of ground to make up—as Clinton’s camp reported that she’s raised a total of $75 million so far, compared to Sanders’s $40 million—but Sanders’s recent surge points to his grassroots momentum jostling the network Clinton’s spent the last several decades building up.

Sanders is the first candidate to announce he surpassed 1 million individual online contributions—a milestone he reached earlier in the campaign cycle than President Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. It took Obama until February to reach 1 million donations the first time around, and October the second, according to The Washington Post.

As with Obama, many of Sanders’s donations have been from people contributing small amounts. The campaign said the average donation over the last week was just less than $25. In the last quarter, the campaign said that the average donation was $34.

For her part, Clinton’s campaign said Wednesday that 93 percent of its donations since July were $100 or less. Her campaign expects to meet their goal of $100 million by the end of the year. Sanders, it seems, will be huffing and puffing in her ear the whole way there.

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