Apr 3, 2019

Beto O'Rourke's 2020 campaign raises $9.4 million in 18 days

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Beto O'Rourke's campaign announced Wednesday he raised $9.4 million in the first quarter, 18 days after launching his 2020 bid.

Details: O'Rourke raised an average of $520,000 per day, with 218,000 total donations. A majority of the donors are new, with 98% of donations coming in at under $200, his campaign said in a press release. The campaign did not release the total number of donors or the average donation.

Be smart: As NBC News' Ben Kamisar points out, O'Rourke saw a steep drop off after an enormous fundraising haul of $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after his campaign launch. Excluding the first day, O'Rourke's campaign raised an average of $194,117 per day.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday.

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