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O'Rourke fundraising remains strong, with $9.4M in 18 days

1 year 3 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 03 2019 Apr 3, 2019 April 03, 2019 12:10 PM April 03, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he raised $9.4 million in donations during his first 18 days of campaigning, taking in more than $500,000 a day.

The ex-Texas congressman didn't release his total number of contributions but announced Wednesday that 98% of his donations were less than $200 and 99% came online.

He says the average donation was $43.

O'Rourke raised $6.1 million during his first 24 hours of presidential campaigning beginning March 14, edging Bernie Sanders' $5.9 million over the same period to top the Democratic field.

That was seen as O'Rourke passing a key early test of his national appeal.

Sanders entered the race in February and announced raising $18.2 million in 41 days of campaigning. O'Rourke says his haul means he "remains the highest per-day raising candidate."

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