Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Beto O'Rourke says he raised $6.1M online in 1st 24 hours

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke visits Cargo Coffee on East Washington Avenue during a stop in Madison, Wis., Sunday, March 17, 2019. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke visits Cargo Coffee on East Washington Avenue during a stop in Madison, Wis., Sunday, March 17, 2019. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Beto O'Rourke's Democratic presidential campaign says he raised more than $6 million online during the first 24 hours after he announced his White House bid last week.

O'Rourke spokesman Chris Evans tweeted Monday the "record-breaking" $6.1 million came "without a dime" from political action committees, corporations or special interests.

The $6.1 million is the highest 24-hour number reported by any campaign, just above what Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reported.

O'Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from across the political spectrum. The former Texas congressman lost a U.S. Senate race to incumbent Ted Cruz last November.

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