Pete Buttigieg raised $24.8 million during 2019’s first quarter, his campaign said Monday. The impressive haul positions Buttigieg as a strong contender in the Democratic field. In the first quarter of the year, Buttigieg was the fourth biggest fundraiser in the crowded race, behind Bernie Sanders with $18.2 million; Kamala Harris with $12 million; and Beto O’Rourke, with $9.4 million. Joe Biden had not entered the race in the quarter to which the figures relate. Some 64 percent of Buttigieg’s first-quarter donations came from the all-important small donors, who gave $200 or less; it’s unclear how many second-quarter contributors were from the same range.
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