ORourke and Sanders lead in donations, neither have declared yet

Mar 2012
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Amazing.

Senator Bernie Sanders would begin a 2020 presidential bid with 2.1 million online donors, a massive lead among low-dollar contributors that is roughly equivalent to the donor base of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined.

Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who narrowly lost a Senate race last year, is also poised to be a fund-raising phenom if he runs for president: He has twice as many online donors as anyone eyeing the race besides Mr. Sanders.

The findings provide a window into one of the most closely guarded and coveted resources of a modern campaign: the digital donor lists that bring in the vast bulk of low-dollar donations. These online donations average just under $40, and candidates like to point to such modest amounts as evidence of the breadth and depth of their support among regular people.

The advantage that Mr. Sanders and Mr. O’Rourke enjoy is not just the size of their lists but the exclusivity of their donors — the vast majority of whom (an estimated 87 percent for Mr. Sanders, 72 percent for Mr. O’Rourke) have not contributed to any other potential 2020 candidate.

Sanders and O’Rourke Are Way Ahead in Race for Small-Dollar Donors
 
Dec 2015
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Yet we would have one very old candidate and one young candidate. One who is not even a Democrat and one who is. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who should rightfully receive the nod if Democrats are thinking straight this time around.
 

StanStill

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Dec 2013
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Yet we would have one very old candidate and one young candidate. One who is not even a Democrat and one who is. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who should rightfully receive the nod if Democrats are thinking straight this time around.
The one with more support? If democrats want to be democratic that's what they'll do. Let the people decide who runs.

But elections are too important to be left up to the people.
 

Blues63

Moderator
Dec 2014
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The one with more support? If democrats want to be democratic that's what they'll do. Let the people decide who runs.

But elections are too important to be left up to the people.

That seems to be the case in my country. The people vote for a Prime Minister and his or her own party throw him or her out, and we get one we didn't even elect.

Care for a banana?
 
Dec 2015
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The one with more support? If democrats want to be democratic that's what they'll do. Let the people decide who runs.

But elections are too important to be left up to the people.
That is correct. It cannot be left up to the people when people want to run as a Democrat but really are not one. It has to first and foremost be left up to the DNC that makes the rules. And the rules need to change to become stricter to allow only those people who are REGISTERED DEMOCRATS to run as a Democrat. All others must not be allowed to run as one. What could be more fair? Period. End of story.