Sanders nets an eye-popping $5.2 million since New Hampshire polls close

MONTPELIER — Sen. Bernie Sanders raised an eye-popping $5.2 million in the 18 hours following the closing of polls in New Hampshire, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., smiles before he speaks during a primary night watch party at Concord High School, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., smiles before he speaks during a primary night watch party at Concord High School, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Sanders 22-point victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton Tuesday in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary has shifted Sanders’ small-donor fundraising operation into an even higher gear. The 18-hour haul reported Wednesday is 25 percent of what the Vermonter raised in January. He out-raised Clinton last month by about $6 million.

The significant victory for Sanders Tuesday is expected to deliver momentum heading into the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina primary later this month. The influx of cash will help fuel Sanders’ strategy to compete with Clinton in states around the country.

In his victory speech Tuesday night in New Hampshire, Sanders noted he would be traveling to New York City, but in a not-so-subtle dig at Clinton, said he would not be holding any big-money fundraisers. Instead, Sanders issued a plea to supporters to make online contributions to his campaign.

“I’m going to hold a fundraiser right here, right now, across America,” Sanders said at Concord High School. “My request is please go to BernieSanders.com and contribute. Please help us raise the funds we need, whether it’s $10 bucks, $20 bucks, or $50 bucks. Help up us raise the money we need to take the fight to Nevada, South Carolina, and the states on Super Tuesday.”

Sanders supporters responded. The campaign said the $5.2 million tally shattered its previous one-day high. The average amount of contributions since 8 p.m. Tuesday was $34.

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