Presidential campaigns

Bernie Sanders raises $5.9 million in first 24 hours of 2020 candidacy

Sen. Bernie Sanders
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Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign estimates he raised $5.9 million from 225,000 individuals donors in the first day following his official announcement on Tuesday morning.

The big picture: Sen. Kamala Harris, the biggest fundraiser in the race to date, raised $1.5 million from 38,000 online donors in the 24 hours after she announced her presidential bid last month. The individual donors, who on average donated $26 to Sanders' campaign, reflect the established power of his fundraising machine as he kicks off his second White House campaign.

Go deeper: Bernie Sanders: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

2020 divide: Anger vs. optimism

illustration of olive branch and arrows
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The 2020 Democratic field splits into two rough camps: anger vs. optimism.

The big picture: Democrats ultimately have to choose between someone who's the mirror image of President Trump (an angry fighter) — or the opposite (an optimistic pragmatist).

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