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Joe Biden raised $21.5 million in second quarter for presidential race

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, greets attendees throughout the South Carolina Democratic Get together conference in Columbia, South Carolina, June 22, 2019.

Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Photographs

Former Vice President Joe Biden raised $21.5 million within the second quarter of this yr for his bid to win the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, his marketing campaign spokesman mentioned Wednesday.

Biden’s haul got here in simply 66 days, versus the three full months of the quarter, since he solely formally introduced his candidacy on April 25.

Biden’s spokesman mentioned that many of the donations to the marketing campaign, 97 p.c, have been in quantities of lower than $200.

“After just two months in this race, we have seen Americans in every corner of the country chip in to join this battle for the soul of our nation,” mentioned Greg Schultz, Biden’s marketing campaign supervisor.

“We are grateful for the immense grassroots support we are seeing. We’re continuing to build a campaign that energizes and expands Team Joe and puts us in a strong position to take on Donald Trump,” Schultz mentioned.

One other main Democratic presidential contender, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, raised $18 million within the second quarter, and transferred one other $6 million to his presidential marketing campaign from his Senate marketing campaign, and from at the least one different committee.

Sanders had about $30 million available.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised $24.eight million and had $22.6 million available.

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, the one different Democratic contender to place out fundraising tallies up to now for the second quarter, has raised $2.eight million, and transferred $700,000 to his marketing campaign.

Not one of the relative handfuls of second-quarter talliers amongst Democrats far has in comparison with President Trump’s.

Trump, together with the Republican Nationwide Committee, raked in $105 million throughout that point interval.

Biden got here underneath scrutiny since his lackluster debate efficiency final week. On the heels of that, at the least one prime bundler of Biden’s marketing campaign from the Bay Space bundler of California determined to not help him.

Through the debate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., attacked Biden for his previous work with and complimentary remarks for  segregationists in the USA Senate, and questioned his document on busing for public college college students.

Biden has since seen his double-digit lead in some polls nearly vanish since final week.

– Further reporting by Jacob Pramuk

That is breaking information. Examine again for updates.

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