Mike Segar | Reuters
The Vermont senator raised more in January than in any other month so far in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, his campaign said. It added that it received 1.3 million donations from roughly 650,000 people.
The flood of cash came just before the start of 2020 primary nominating contests. Iowa held its first-in-the-nation caucuses Monday, while New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina will follow with primary events later this month.
The delegate-rich Super Tuesday contests will take place on March 3. The Sanders campaign will put $5.5 million into television and digital ads in 10 states that hold primaries that day: California, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.
The ads will expand on a previously announced $2.5 million buy in California and Texas — the two biggest Super Tuesday prizes.
The campaign also said it would “immediately increase” staffing in the March 3 primary states.
Sanders has consistently led the 2020 Democratic pack in fundraising. His campaign took in more than $34 million in the fourth quarter, the most in the primary field. None of his Democratic competitors topped $25 million raised in the last three months of 2019. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is worth nearly $60 billion, is self-funding his campaign for the Democratic nomination. His campaign spent more than $180 million over a little more than a month in the fourth quarter after he joined the raise near the end of November.
The Sanders campaign entered 2020 with more than $18 million in the bank, more than any other Democratic campaign. President Donald Trump, whom Sanders hopes to challenge in November, started the year with more than $100 million on hand.
Sanders has been vying for the lead in this week’s Iowa caucuses with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, according to delayed data from the Iowa Democratic Party. The Vermont senator leads averages of polls of the New Hampshire primary, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
Sanders has an advantage in an average of polls in California and but trails in limited polling of Texas.