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Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-identified socialist, announced his 2020 presidential bid on February 19, joining a crowded field of far-left candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. But those who consider him yester-cycle's man would do well to consider how his enduring popularity translated into almost US$6 million in campaign donations within 24 hours of his declared candidacy - a number that far exceeds the to-date fundraising totals of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined. Sanders, now 77, lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race for the Democratic nomination.

Anthony Corrado, a political science professor at Colby College who specializes in campaign finance, said he also expects record-breaking fundraising in the general election, where the Democratic resistance is poised to go all-in against a more entrenched president.

He can no longer be considered a political outsider, as his "radical" socialist ideas - medicare for all, free college tuition, a US$15 minimum wage guarantee - have been embraced by numerous more progressive Democrats also seeking the nomination, but his newfound "insider" status means he will more directly be the target of Republican-backed attack ads as the presidential cycle gains momentum in coming months. In his 2016 campaign, Sanders' political identity made him an intellectually dynamic and exciting contender who addressed America's anxieties and hopes. Lee said. "Shirley set us on a path toward progress, and now Kamala Harris is carrying that legacy".

"If each of those candidates earnestly enter the money race, I think it would nearly be impossible not to be the most expensive primary race in history - especially with candidates like Sanders raising $6 million in a day", said Sarah Bryner, research director at, which tracks money in politics.

The senator from the northeastern state of Vermont announced his candidacy in an early morning email to supporters, asking for 1 million people to register to help launch a grassroots movement to counter special interests. While Sanders and his policies were once the outliers, they-or at least most of his policies-have now been co-opted by the mainstream. Harris, for example, has embraced the Medicare-for-All solution to health care that was popularized by Sanders on the 2016 trail.

The independent senator's rivals appear to have taken note of that and have embraced some of his slogans while leaving themselves room to tinker with how the programs are defined.

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Then, unlike in 2016, Sanders enters the race at a very different electoral moment. Ocasio-Cortez, who is 29, is too young to run for President; 35 is the qualifying age.

Sanders faces some other difficulties, as well.

"BernieSanders announces he's raised $5.9 million online in the first 24 hours since his presidential announcement", Wall Street Journal political reporter Ken Thomas reported in a Wednesday post.

"What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign - or any campaign - should be about", Sanders said Jan 10 on Capitol Hill.

Some 2.5 million Americans gave to him in the last presidential cycle.

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