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Eleven presidential candidates raised a combined $390 million in January

Michael Bloomberg (D) led presidential candidates in fundraising for January 2020, according to financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission Thursday. Bloomberg raised $263.8 million in January, including $263.7 million in self-funding. He was followed by Tom Steyer (D), who raised $65.3 million, including $64.7 million in self-funding. Bernie Sanders ($25.2 million) and Elizabeth Warren ($11.0 million) were the only other candidates to raise more than $10 million

As of the January 31, 2020, reporting cutoff, President Donald Trump (R) had $92.6 million in cash on hand, the most of all presidential candidates. Bloomberg followed with $55.1 million, then Steyer with $17.9 million. Sanders had $16.8 million, and no other candidates had more than $10 million on hand.

President Trump’s $217.7 million raised to date is 27.0% more than the inflation-adjusted $166.0 million President Barack Obama (D) had raised at this point in his 2012 re-election campaign. According to Republican National Committee (RNC) finance reports filed Thursday, Trump and the RNC have raised a combined $810.9 million. At this point in the 2012 campaign cycle, Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had raised a combined inflation-adjusted $563.9 million.

The eight remaining noteworthy Democratic candidates have collectively raised $1.164 billion this cycle, while the three noteworthy Republicans have collectively raised $233.5 million. The eight Democrats had a combined $110.7 million in cash on hand to the three Republicans’ combined $97.5 million.

Since the start of the election cycle, the top five Democratic fundraisers are Bloomberg ($464.1 million), Steyer ($271.6 million), Sanders ($134.3 million), Warren ($93.0 million), and Pete Buttigieg ($83.0 million). The 11 noteworthy Democratic and Republican candidates have raised a combined $1.398 billion since the start of the election cycle.

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Sanders receives most pageviews in past week, followed by Bloomberg and Buttigieg


Each week, we report the number of pageviews received by 2020 presidential campaigns on Ballotpedia. These numbers reflect the time investments of our community of thousands of readers who visit a Ballotpedia because they think the candidate is worth knowing more about, whether they believe the candidate has a strong chance of winning or is an unknown who warrants a closer look.

Last week, Bernie Sanders led all Democratic campaigns in pageviews. His campaign page was viewed 7,351 times, equaling 22.3% of pageviews for all Democratic campaigns this week. He was followed by Michael Bloomberg with 18.1% of pageviews and Pete Buttigieg with 15.9%.

Elizabeth Warren was the only Democratic candidate to receive more pageviews this week relative to last week. Her campaign page received 1.8% more pageviews than the week prior. All other Democratic candidates saw a decrease in pageviews relative to last week. The candidate with the largest decrease among them was Amy Klobuchar with a 34.6% decrease.

The top three Democratic presidential candidates in lifetime pageviews are Buttigieg with 178,783, Joe Biden with 166,119, and Sanders with 153,947.

Donald Trump ranked second of the three Republican candidates in pageviews last week. Trump received 5,501 pageviews, while Roque de la Fuente received 6,155 and Bill Weld received 4,951.

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Sanders wins Nevada caucuses

Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday afternoon, marking his third straight popular vote victory in the Democratic presidential primary. With 4% of precincts reporting, he had won 54% of the county convention delegates used to determine the number of pledged delegates allocated to each candidate.

Former Vice President Joe Biden followed with 18 percent of the county convention delegates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg were in a close race for third with 10 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

The final delegate count is pending as a majority of precincts had not yet reported results as of 8:45 pm ET. The next Democratic presidential primary will be held in South Carolina on February 29, 2020.

On the Republican side, the Nevada Republican Party bound the state’s 25 delegates to President Donald Trump on Saturday at its winter meeting. The party voted to cancel its caucus last September.

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Bloomberg leads in weekly pageviews for the first time; lifetime Democratic leader Yang ends campaign

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Each week, we report the number of pageviews received by 2020 presidential campaigns on Ballotpedia. These numbers reflect the time investments of our community of thousands of readers who visit a Ballotpedia because they think the candidate is worth knowing more about, whether they believe the candidate has a strong chance of winning or is an unknown who warrants a closer look.

Last week, Michael Bloomberg led all Democratic campaigns in pageviews. His campaign page was viewed 8,849 times, equaling 20.8% of pageviews for all Democratic campaigns. He was followed by Pete Buttigieg with 18.2% of pageviews and Bernie Sanders with 17.9%. This was the first week that Bloomberg led all Democratic candidates in pageviews since his page on Ballotpedia was published the week of November 30.

Three Democratic candidates received more pageviews this week relative to the last: Amy Klobuchar, Bloomberg, and Sanders. Klobuchar had the largest increase of 50.6 percent. Elizabeth Warren saw the largest decrease in pageviews relative to last week among Democratic candidates with 16.1 percent.

The top three current Democratic presidential candidates in lifetime pageviews are Buttigieg with 173,550, Joe Biden with 161,665, and Sanders with 146,596. Three candidates ended their campaigns last week: Michael Bennet, Deval Patrick, and Andrew Yang. Bennet’s campaign received 86,706 pageviews since publication, accounting for 7.2 percent of all Democratic presidential campaign pageviews. Patrick’s campaign received 11,929 pageviews (0.99 percent of the total) and Yang’s campaign received 172,329 pageviews (14.3 percent of the total).

Donald Trump ranked second of the three Republican candidates in pageviews last week. Trump received 6,586 pageviews, while Roque de la Fuente received 8,285 and Bill Weld received 6,479.

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Five Democratic candidates will debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday

The Democratic Party will hold its ninth presidential primary debate on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada, three days before the state’s presidential caucuses take place.

Five candidates have already qualified for the debate: former Vice President Joe Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. All five received at least one delegate following the Iowa caucuses.

Candidates can also qualify for the debate by receiving 10% support or more in four national, Nevada, and/or South Carolina polls. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has three of the necessary four polls.

Neither Rep. Tulsi Gabbard nor investor Tom Steyer has passed 3% in any eligible poll released between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18, the qualifying period for the event.

The debate, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC, will be held at the Paris Theater. Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc, and Jon Ralston will moderate the event.

Democratic primary voters will have one last chance to see the candidates debate before the Super Tuesday primaries. The tenth debate will be held on Feb. 25 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Michael Bennet (D) ends presidential campaign

On Tuesday night, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) announced he was ending his presidential campaign. Based on results with 47% of precincts reporting, Bennet received 0.3% of the vote in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.

Bennet finished in 10th place in the Iowa caucuses with 4 final votes. He participated in two of the eight Democratic presidential primary debates that took place while he campaigned.

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Sanders, Trump win New Hampshire presidential primaries

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) won the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday night. With 93% of precincts reporting, Sanders led former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg by 1.6%. Both are projected to win 9 pledged delegates. Sanders also won the New Hampshire primary in 2016.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) was the only other candidate to cross the 15% viability threshold, receiving 19.9% of the vote. She is projected to receive 6 pledged delegates. No other candidate earned double-digit support in the state.

Coming out of Iowa and New Hampshire without any delegates, Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang both ended their presidential campaigns on Tuesday night. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will reportedly also withdraw from the race on Wednesday morning.

Raw voter turnout in the Democratic primary was projected to be the highest in all New Hampshire Democratic primaries since 2004. The previous record was 285,000 voters in the 2008 primary.

In the Republican primary, President Donald Trump won with 85.6% support. He is projected to earn at least 20 of the state’s 22 delegates. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld came in second with 9.2%.

The next primary event is in Nevada on Feb. 22. Early voting begins on Saturday.

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Andrew Yang (D) suspends presidential campaign

Shortly after polls closed in the New Hampshire presidential primary on Feb. 11, Andrew Yang (D) announced he was ending his presidential campaign. Yang said, “I’m a numbers guy and if we are below a threshold where we are going to get delegates here in New Hampshire, if we are unlikely to hit that threshold in Nevada and South Carolina, it doesn’t seem like we are actually furthering the goals of the campaign by staying in the race longer.”

Yang finished in sixth place in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3, winning 1% of the state delegate equivalents. He participated in seven of the eight Democratic presidential primary debates that took place while he campaigned.

The cornerstone of Yang’s platform was what he called Freedom Dividend, a universal basic income that would pay every adult American citizen $1,000 per month.

Over the course of the campaign, Yang’s campaign page on Ballotpedia received 170,842 pageviews, the most of all Democratic presidential candidates.

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New Hampshire holds first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Tuesday

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the Democratic delegate scoreboard leader, earning a projected 14 pledged delegates out of Iowa. Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), the popular vote winner in Iowa, follows with 12 pledged delegates. The Sanders campaign requested the Iowa Democratic Party complete a partial recanvass of the results in 25 precincts and three satellite caucuses on Monday.

Three other candidates earned projected delegates in Iowa and have polled in the top five in New Hampshire: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).

In total, 33 Democrats are listed on the New Hampshire primary ballot. To be allocated one or more of New Hampshire’s 24 pledged delegates, a Democratic candidate must receive at least 15 percent support.

On the Republican side, President Donald Trump and 16 other Republicans are running for 22 delegates. Delegate allocation in the New Hampshire Republican primary is proportional.

Of the nine contested Democratic primaries since 1976, five New Hampshire primary winners became the nominee. On the Republican side, winners in six of the eight contested primaries became the nominee.

New Hampshire celebrates its centennial anniversary of holding the first-in-the-nation presidential primary this year. The nature of the primary has changed throughout the century, starting with voters choosing which party members would go to the nominating convention to backing the presidential candidate of their choice.

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Buttigieg becomes third Dem candidate to get 9k pageviews in a single week; Walsh accumulated 101k pageviews by end of his campaign

Each week, we report the number of pageviews received by 2020 presidential campaigns on Ballotpedia. These numbers reflect the time investments of our community of thousands of readers who visit a Ballotpedia because they think the candidate is worth knowing more about, whether they believe the candidate has a strong chance of winning or is an unknown who warrants a closer look.

Last week, Pete Buttigieg led all Democratic campaigns in pageviews. His campaign page was viewed 9,207 times, equaling 19.1% of pageviews for all Democratic campaigns this week. He was followed by Bernie Sanders with 15.1% of pageviews and Michael Bloomberg with 12.9%. Buttigieg became the third Democratic candidate to break 9,000 pageviews in a single week; Kamala Harris and Marianna Williamson each did so the week of June 29, following the first debates in Miami.

All Democratic candidates received more pageviews this week relative to last week. The candidate with the greatest increase from last week was Buttigieg. His campaign page increased in pageviews by 395.8 percent. Andrew Yang saw the smallest increase in pageviews relative to last week among Democratic candidates with 73.7 percent.

The top three Democratic presidential candidates in lifetime pageviews are Yang with 170,842, Buttigieg with 165,805, and Joe Biden with 156,705. Joe Walsh, who ended his presidential campaign last week, received 101,341 pageviews since August 2019, and accounted for 17.2 percent of all Republican presidential campaign pageviews.

Donald Trump ranked second of the three Republican candidates in pageviews last week. Trump received 5,285 pageviews, while Roque de la Fuente received 6,215 and Bill Weld received 5,210.

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