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Sanders April donations tally near $26 million

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Sunday announced that supporters of the Vermont Independent senator and Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton, took in almost 1 million donations in April totaling $25.8 million. The tally was said to have far surpassed the campaign’s average monthly total of $17 million.

 Sanders campaign had a tough month in April after losing the New York Primary to Clinton on April 19. The campaign took another hit on April 26, as a slate of closed primaries saw Clinton winning 4 of 5 contests, while Sanders stole the Rhode Island contest, an open primary where Independent voters were allowed to cast their ballots.

“What our campaign is doing is bringing millions of Americans into the political process.” – Jeff Weaver, Campaign Manager.

“Sanders is the candidate with the most energy and excitement. He is the candidate with the best chance of winning in November. He is the candidate who is in the best position to bring a new generation of voters into the democratic process and restore the faith of working-class voters that we can have a government that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent,” Weaver said.

The New York Primary results are currently under scrutiny after more than 126,000 Democratic voters were purged from voter rolls in Brooklyn alone. Lawsuits have been filed in federal court due to purging and voter suppression stratagem in play across the state. Election Justice USA, a voter advocacy group has lawsuits pending in Arizona and New York courts alleging voter suppression in the 2016 elections.

According to the release, Sanders’ campaign garnered 7.4 million contributions from more than 2.4 million donors totaling $210 million.

Sanders, who refuses Super PAC and contributions from Wall Street has out-performed establishment and party candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in fundraising over several months. Clinton’s campaign on Monday stated that Hillary Clinton raised about $26.4 million in primary funds for Hillary for America in April and was heading into May with $30 million on hand.

Demographics released revealed a typical Sanders donor aged 27 years old. Forty-one percent of people giving to his campaign were said to be between the ages of 18 and 39, with an unprecedented level of support from younger Americans. ‘Teacher’ was the most common profession given, followed by ‘student’ and ‘engineer.’

The two face off again in Indiana on Tuesday in an open primary in Indiana. The latest polling numbers fromNBC News/WSJ Marist have the two Democratic candidates in a heated battle with Clinton holding a slight (4 point) lead that lies within the margin of error.


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