Sen. Bernie Sanders raised an eye-popping $7.4 million since polls in New Hampshire closed Tuesday evening, according to his campaign website.
Sanders' 22-point victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton Tuesday in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary has shifted Sanders’ small-donor fundraising operation into an even higher gear. In the first 18-hours after polls closed, Sanders received $5.2 million – 25 percent of what the Vermont Senator raised in the month of January, when he out-raised Clinton last month by about $6 million.
The 20-point victory for Sanders in New Hampshire Tuesday is expected to deliver momentum heading into the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina primary later this month. The influx of cash will help fuel Sanders’ strategy to compete with Clinton in states around the country.
Sanders traveled to New York Wednesday for a Harlem breakfast meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton. In his victory speech Tuesday night in New Hampshire, Sanders said he would not be holding any big-money fundraisers in the city. Instead, Sanders issued a plea for online contributions to his campaign.
“I’m going to hold a fundraiser right here, right now, across America,” Sanders said at Concord High School. “… Help up us raise the money we need to take the fight to Nevada, South Carolina, and the states on Super Tuesday.”
Sanders supporters responded. The campaign said the $5.2 million raised in the first 18 hours shattered its previous one-day high. The average amount of contributions during that period was $34.
Update 10:02 a.m. Feb. 11, 2016 This post has been updated to reflect Sanders' current fundraising totals as of Thursday morning.