Democratic Debate: What Each Candidate Has Fundraised so Far

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Six democratic candidates will take the debate stage on Tuesday. These are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, billionaire Tom Steyer, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The debate, hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, puts these candidates on the stage together one last time before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

Fundraising is a major part of campaigning—and fiercely competitive amongst candidates. Here’s how much each of the six candidates raised in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Bernie Sanders

Sanders had the biggest haul in Q4, bringing in $34.5 million, with an average donation of $18.53.

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor Pete raised $24.7 million from 326,000 donors, with an average donation of $34.

Joe Biden

The former Vice President raised $22.7 million, an improvement from the previous quarter.

Elizabeth Warren

Senator Warren saw her fundraising efforts fall somewhat, raising $21.2 million, $3.4 million less than she did in the previous quarter.

Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Klobuchar hauled in 11.4 million, an all-time best for her campaign.

Tom Steyer

Billionaire and businessman Tom Steyer hasn’t released fourth quarter fundraising numbers, but in the third quarter, he raised $49.6 million. However, ninety-six percent of that came from his own wallet, and just four percent came from individuals donors.

Notably, entrepreneur Andrew Yang raised $16.5 million in the fourth quarter, but did not make it onto the debate stage Tuesday.

Sanders and Warren are the only two candidates who rely exclusively on grassroots donations rather than PAC money or high-dollar fundraisers. Buttigieg argues that Democrats should be accepting money from whoever they can, including wealthy donors with fat checks, in order to defeat Trump.

President Trump fundraised $46 million in the fourth quarter.

Fundraising is important, but it doesn’t guarantee a win. In 2016, Hillary Clinton raised a whopping $770 million to Trump’s $451 million, yet she didn't cinch the election.

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