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Joe Biden Outraised All Other Democratic Contenders In First-Day Contributions

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Andrew Kerr Investigative Reporter

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Friday it raised $6.3 million in its first 24 hours, surpassing the day-one totals of all other Democratic contenders.

Biden’s campaign touted its fundraising statistics as proof it’s running a “truly grassroots campaign,” with 97 percent of online donations under $200 and an average online donation of $41.

Biden’s campaign claimed it had received donations from nearly 97,000 people after he formally declared his candidacy for president Thursday. (RELATED: Joe Biden Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign)

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in this still image taken from a video released April 25, 2019. BIDEN CAMPAIGN HANDOUT via REUTERS

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in this still image taken from a video released April 25, 2019. BIDEN CAMPAIGN HANDOUT via REUTERS

The former vice president’s day-one fundraising haul was slightly greater than former Texas Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, who formerly led the fundraising pack with $6.1 million raised in its first 24 hours.

While Biden raised more than any other Democratic presidential candidates in his first 24 hours on the campaign trail, he fell far behind Sen. Bernie Sanders in the number of individual campaign contributors.

Roughly 223,000 people donated to Sanders’s campaign on its first day, compared to Biden’s 97,000 individual contributors.

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