Election 2020

Sanders Closing in on $40 Million February Fundraising Goal

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) greets people during a campaign rally at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., on Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was almost at a $40 million month near tonight’s leap-year fundraising deadline.

That represents a sharp acceleration in the senator’s fundraising: since beginning his campaign April 30 through Jan. 31, Sanders has raked in $94.8 million.

Sanders’ camp said this morning, when the total was over $36 million, that this month’s contributions came from 1.2 million individual contributions.

“That in itself is revolutionary because we can show billionaires we can run a campaign without their money,” Sanders told a rally Sunday in Colorado.

Sanders has stressed so often that his average donation is $27 that his supporters on Saturday night, when he lost the South Carolina primary to Hillary Clinton, finished the sentence for him.

The senator has also launched a nationwide TV ad panning “a system held in place by corrupt politics where Wall Street banks and billionaires buy elections.”

Sanders has scheduled his Super Tuesday evening rally — also a Ben Folds concert — in Essex Junction, Vt. He’s rallying supporters today in Minneapolis.

Clinton will rally in Miami on Super Tuesday, looking ahead to the March 15 Florida primary. President Bill Clinton is campaigning for her in Worcester, Mass., today, while Chelsea Clinton is trying to get out the vote in Nebraska.

Hillary is holding events in Fairfax and Norfolk, Va., today.

She steered clear of the Sunday news shows, while Sanders made the rounds.

“We got decimated, that’s what happened,” Sanders told NBC of his South Carolina stomping. “Among older African-Americans it was pathetic from our perspective. But by the way, what was the glimmer of positive news for us is that we won the 29 years of age or younger vote. And we did well with African-American young people as well as white young people.”

Sander said he thinks he’s got a shot at Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Vermont on Tuesday.

He also pulled 10,000 people to an Austin rally on Saturday and 8,000 to Dallas.

“We are trying to win every delegate that we can. And not only are we fighting for Super Tuesday, we’re looking ahead to California, the largest state of all, New York State. We think we’re going to do well in Michigan,” he said.

“…We have developed enormous momentum all over this country. It is a tough fight, we knew that from the beginning. But I think we’re going to do well on Super Tuesday. We’re going to do well in many states after that. And we look forward to those state by state struggles.”