Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million in first 24 hours

Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million in first 24 hours

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Then-Rep. Beto O'Rourke addresses supporters at a rally in San Antonio on Oct. 31, 2018, at Gilbert Garza Park in San Antonio, Texas, during his unsuccessful senate race. He is now running for president. (Beto O'Rourke/Twitter)

WASHINGTON– Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign announced Monday that they raised $6.1 million within their first day, the largest opening cash haul for any Democratic candidate currently in the race.

“In just 24 hours, Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for president — a campaign by all of us for all of us that answers not to the PACS, corporations and special interests but to the people,” O’Rourke said in a statement.

O’Rourke, a former Texas Congressman who garnered national attention for his 2018 race against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), announced his candidacy last Thursday.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.) previously lead the party’s early fundraising totals with $5.9 million raised during his campaign’s first 24 hours.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) followed with $1.5 million within her campaign’s first day.

O’Rourke’s campaign did not disclose the number of contributors or the amount of the average donation.

Candidates are required to file their full financial reports with the Federal Election Commission on April 15.

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