Joe Biden raises $6.3 million on first day of 2020 bid

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DAVOS, Jan. 18, 2017 (Xinhua) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 18, 2017.(Xinhua/Xu Jinquan/IANS)(gl)

Washington, April 27 Former US Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign said it raised $6.3 million in the first 24 hours of his presidential campaign launch, a haul that surpassed the Day One amounts collected by his rivals in the crowded Democratic field.

More than 96,900 people donated online to the former vice president’s campaign, his aides said in a statement on Friday.

A source familiar with the figures said the total does not include any general election funds, which means the money can all be used for the nomination battle against the 19 other Democrats seeking the party’s nod, CNN reported.

Of that haul, $4.4 million was raised through online donations, his campaign said.

“We are incredibly heartened by the energy and enthusiasm displayed throughout the country for Joe Biden,” his deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement.

Twelve hours after announcing, Biden met the fundraising criteria to appear in the early Democratic National Committee debates, his aides said.

Candidates must raise money from 65,000 donors in at least 20 states or meet polling thresholds to join the first two debates.

Biden’s campaign did not immediately disclose the total number of unique donors who supported his campaign, beyond those who contributed online.

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