Bernie Sanders sets personal fundraising record in 24 hours following Iowa caucus, aides say

Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday in Keene, New Hampshire.
Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday in Keene, New Hampshire. –Rick Wilking / Reuters

The Iowa caucus may have been a “virtual tie’’ for the Democratic nomination, but Sanders won big in the form of donations.

An aide for the senator told The Washington Post that the campaign had raised $3 million between Monday night and Tuesday — the most contributions in any single day of the campaign — for Sanders to take with him in the days leading up to next week’s New Hampshire primary. He currently has $28 million on hand, according to the Associated Press.

The early February donations followed a successful fundraising month for Sanders, in which he raised nearly $21 million, his campaign said in a statement. The pace of donations sped up after the close race for Iowa, in which Clinton pulled ahead by just 0.2 percent of the vote.

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The bulk of donations to Sanders’ campaign have averaged $29, with only 649 of the 1.3 million donors shelling out the maximum $2,700 contribution, according to the campaign. His number of backers hovers around 3.3 million, which campaign officials said is the most any candidate has received this early in a presidential race.

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