Even left Bernie Sanders in the dust.
Courtesy of NYT:
Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, according to his campaign, outpacing his rivals for the Democratic nomination and making an emphatic statement about his grass-roots financial strength.
Mr. O’Rourke brought in $6,136,736 after declaring his long-anticipated bid with a web video and trip to Iowa on Thursday morning, raising the sum entirely online and from all 50 states, the campaign said.
Mr. O’Rourke’s early burst of fund-raising illustrates how much he has captured the imagination of many Democratic activists around the country, who propelled him to break financial records last year in his ultimately losing bid to unseat Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. There were some doubts as to whether those same grass-roots donors would also contribute to him when he was not facing Mr. Cruz — a detested figure on the left — but rather was one more entrant in a sprawling presidential primary.
Mr. O’Rourke’s money will, at least for now, quiet some of those skeptics: In a single day online, he raised nearly a quarter of what Barack Obama, then a senator, did in the entire first quarter of 2007
As predicted Beto has drawn the lion’s share of the media attention since announcing his run, which has really irritated some people, especially if those people support other candidates.
If they think this is bad wait until Joe Biden enters the race.
Though I am not at all sure if Biden can compete with these fundraising numbers.
I am going to stay agnostic as much as I can on who should be the final candidate, at least until after the debates.
All I can tell you for sure right now is that it will NOT be Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Buttigieg, Julien Castro, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, Jay Inslee, or Bernie Sanders.
Beyond that, I am not making any predictions.