Warren, Klobuchar End 2019 Behind Top Rivals in Fundraising

January 3, 2020 Updated: January 3, 2020
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Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) lagged behind top rivals in the last quarter fundraising of 2019, though Klobuchar saw her best quarter yet.

Warren’s campaign raised $21.1 million in the fourth quarter, it said on Friday. Klobuchar said she brought in $11.4 million over the same period, her best fundraising quarter but far short of other contenders.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) led the field with $34.5 million in the final quarter of the year, followed by former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who brought in $24.7 million. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who raised just $15.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, collected $22.7 million in the fourth quarter, his best quarterly haul as a presidential candidate this cycle.

Warren was behind the top three candidates, though she beat entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who raised $16.5 million, his best fundraising quarter.

Warren’s campaign celebrated the fundraising total, thanking donors.

“In 2019, nearly one million donors pitched in to raise more than $71 million for our grassroots movement—with zero closed-door fundraisers. I’m so deeply grateful for everyone supporting our campaign. Team Warren is ready to dream big, fight hard, and win!” Warren said in a statement.

Warren’s campaign urged supporters to donate in late December, revealing it had raised only $17 million in the quarter. “Elizabeth Warren needs your help. Right now,” it said. The campaign said Friday that it was “excited to share” that it exceeded the goal of $20 million.

Warren raised $24.6 million in the third quarter of 2019.

Klobuchar, the only woman left in the race besides Warren, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and author Marianne Williamson, was well behind the top tier, even as she set a new record for her own campaign.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles on Dec. 19, 2019. (Chris Carlson/AP Photo)

Klobuchar said in a statement Friday morning that she was “incredibly grateful to all our grassroots supporters who helped us raise $11.4 million this quarter (twice as much as we have ever raised in a single quarter before), and we just hit double digits in a national poll!”

“Help us keep this momentum going,” she added, sharing a link for people to donate to her.

Gabbard said Thursday that she’d raised $3.4 million in the last quarter, with nearly $1.2 coming in December.

Warren, Sanders, Biden, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar have qualified for the next Democrat presidential debate. Yang has not. Gabbard skipped the December debate and hasn’t qualified for the next one.

While top Democrats hauled in tens of millions of dollars, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign said it raised $46 million in the final quarter of the year.

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