Beto O'Rourke's $6.1 Million Came From 128,000 Donors, Averaging $47 Each

CLAREMONT, N.H. -- Beto O'Rourke announced Wednesday that more than 128,000 donors contributed to his record breaking first day haul of $6.1 million, for an average of $47 per donation.The former three term El Paso congressman jumped into the presidential race last Thursday and detractors had alleged that high dollar donors rather than a grassroots outpouring may have padded his tally.Sen. Bernie Sanders' brought in $5.9 million during his first 24 hours last month, from 223,047 donors, with an average of $27.Official fundraising tallies for them and their rivals for the 2020 democratic nomination have not yet been filed but these one day tallies provide bragging rights and, in O'Rourke's case, put to rest doubts as to whether he could harness the nationwide support for his Senate bid in Texas.Sanders is the only 2020 Democratic competitor who has come close to O'Rourke's torrid pace in the money chase. When O'Rourke eclipsed him, Sanders told his own backers that they should take comfort in the likelihood that he'd drawn support from more individuals.  Continue reading...

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