2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg's 2020 campaign raised $7 million in April, reports Politico.

Why it matters: The South Bend, Indiana mayor saw his national profile skyrocket in the first half of 2019, launching into the top tier of Democratic presidential hopefuls — and his fundraising numbers show that popularity surge is backed by a significant cash influx.

The big picture: 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is also likely to have had a huge April. He raised $6.3 million during his first day in the race that month and has held a number of events and fundraisers with big-money donors since. And Sen. Bernie Sanders, who pulled in over $20 million in the first quarter after announcing in mid-February, will have had a full three months during the second quarter to solicit cash from his powerful mailing list.

What's next: The deadline to report fundraising numbers for the second quarter to the Federal Election Commission is June 30 — which will provide the next big public look at 2020 candidates' hauls.

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Why it matters: The pope’s remarks represent a break from the position of the Roman Catholic Church, which has long taught that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered" and contrary to natural law.

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Poll: 92% of battleground state voters are "extremely motivated to vote"

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91% of likely voters nationally say they are "extremely motivated to vote," including 92% in battleground states Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to a Change Research/CNBC Poll.

Why it matters: The 2020 election could see record-breaking levels of voter turnout. Voters last week cast ballots at nearly five times the rate they did at this point in the 2016 election, per the U.S. Elections Project. Over 39 million ballots have been cast in early voting states as of Wednesday.