The presidential campaign of Sen. (I-Vt.) announced Thursday that it had raised more than $34.5 million in the final quarter of 2019, affirming Sanders’s status as a fundraising juggernaut amid a polling rebound that began in October.

The sum came from 1.8 million donations, averaging $18.53 each. A last-minute surge buoyed the campaign’s final total, with contributions from 40,000 new donors coming in on Dec. 31.

In a statement, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir chose to focus on another distinction: the campaign’s announcement Wednesday that it had reached the milestone of 5 million campaign donations. 

“Bernie Sanders is closing the year with the most donations of any candidate in history at this point in a presidential campaign,” Shakir

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