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Kamala Harris campaign says it raised $12 million during Q2

Sen. Kamala Harris campaigning for the 2020 presidency
Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris' (D-Calif.) presidential campaign raised nearly $12 million from about 279,000 donors during the second quarter of the year, her campaign said on Friday.

Why it matters: Harris' campaign is experiencing an upswing following the second night of Democratic primary debates when she confronted former Vice President Joe Biden over his record on busing to integrate schools. She saw a bump in the polls, and brought in $2 million within 24 hours of the debate.

The big picture: While these fundraising numbers are some of Harris' best, she's still behind two other top tier candidates. Biden brought in $21.5 million and Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $24.8 million.

  • During the first quarter of the year, Harris hauled in $12 million as well — more than any other candidate except for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Go deeper: Track the 2020 Democrats' Q2 fundraising numbers