Joe Biden raises $22.7 million in fourth quarter

Joe Biden brought in $22.7 million during the final three months of 2019 — but his best fundraising quarter to date still leaves the polling frontrunner trailing Democratic rivals Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

Biden’s fourth-quarter haul far exceeds the $15.2 million he brought in during the third quarter, and tops the $21.5 million he raised during the second quarter. Biden’s campaign said Thursday he’s raised $59.5 million overall since launching his campaign on April 25.

But Biden’s sum leaves him nearly $12 million behind Sanders, who raised $34.5 million in the fourth quarter and has collected more than $96 million through 5 million donations since launching his bid in February, the Vermont U.S. senator said.

Buttigieg’s campaign said the former South Bend, Ind., mayor raised more than $24.7 million from 2 million contributions.

The Democratic field as a whole continues to trail President Trump, whose campaign said it took in $46 million in the final three months of the year.

Biden’s campaign said digital revenue per day more than doubled during impeachment, up 121%, even as the former vice president weathered attacks from Trump over his and his son’s business dealings in Ukraine.

“These numbers clearly demonstrate Donald Trump’s lies and attacks on the Vice President have only cemented and expanded his support, serving as a constant reminder to Democratic primary voters that Trump is terrified by the idea of facing Joe Biden in a general election,” said Biden’s campaign manager, Greg Schultz. “We’re also seeing significant support from Democrats who previously supported other candidates and are now rallying behind the candidate they believe can bring the country together and beat Donald Trump.”

After a lackluster third quarter, Biden’s team said his online fundraising doubled and overall fundraising went up 49% in the fourth quarter.

Biden remains the Democratic front-runner in national polls, though both Sanders and Buttigieg polled ahead of him in New Hampshire and Iowa the last time early state polls were conducted in mid-December, according to Real Clear Politics averages.

Schultz called the financial numbers “the latest evidence of Joe Biden’s growing strength and momentum heading into the early contests of 2020.”

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang also announced his fundraising total Thursday, posting a personal best $16.5 million, breaking his record of $10 million in the previous quarter and crossing 1 million donations.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign said she had raised $17 million about four days before Tuesday’s quarterly deadline, releasing her total early in hopes of reaching a $20 million goal by Dec. 31. Her campaign has yet to announce its fourth quarter total.

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