Bernie Sanders announced 2020 presidential bid and raised $6 million within 24 hours

Close to 225,000 people have already donated so far to Sen. Bernie Sanders for his second run for the White House.

Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid has only just begun, but he’s already off to a strong start, building up a formidable war chest within 24 hours of announcing his bid.

He raised almost $6 million from 223,047 individuals after launching his campaign Tuesday morning, reported Huffington Post.

This number far surpasses other prominent Democratic candidates who have already launched their own bids. It is 4 times more the $1.5 million raised by Sen. Kamala Harris in her first 24 hours.

“The only way we will win this election and create a government and economy that work for all is with a grassroots movement ― the likes of which has never been seen in American history,” Sanders said in a message to supporters on Tuesday. “They may have the money and power. We have the people.”

The senator’s campaign said the average size of donation — $27 — mirrors the small-scale support they received in 2016.

The race for Democratic nominee is going to be crowded, with 12 campaigns launched already and prominent names, including former Vice President Joe Biden, still considering to launch a bid.

Sanders confirmed long-held suspicions that he will run for president in an interview with a radio station in Vermont on Tuesday, saying he wanted to “let the people of Vermont know about this first.”

“Together, you and I and our 2016 campaign began the political revolution. Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for,” the senator said later in an email to supporters. “I am asking you today to join me as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign.”

Sanders is an independent who caucuses with the Senate Democrats. He lost his first attempt at nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, who went on to be defeated by President Donald Trump in the presidential election. Sanders secured almost 1,900 delegates compared with Clinton’s 2,800.

Many of Sanders’ supporters from 2016 will think he’s the right choice for 2020, given his widely publicized support for a $15 minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges and “Medicare for All”.

His 2016 campaign, however, has come under fire after about two dozen women claimed to have been sexually harassed or mistreated while working for the senator’s first bid. Sanders said he wasn’t aware of the claims at the time and has issued the following apology.

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