The Numbers Are In: Did Sanders Capitalize On His Big Chance?

by
Kate Brown
Whether or not you think Bernie Sanders won the Democratic debate, his campaign’s bank account will tell you he did.

According to a campaign email sent out Wednesday morning, Sanders raised over 1.4 million dollars from the time the debate started all the way until 3:00 a.m.

That’s an impressive haul, especially considering that in comparison, Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign has brought in a total of $2.5 million in the entire third quarter.

"There were more than 37,600 individual contributions," the campaign email said, adding "there was about $100,000 in the five minutes after the debate ended. At the peak, there were about 10.25 contributions per second."

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Even more impressive, the average donation was $31.54. That means that the majority of the donations Sanders received were likely from average voters that liked what they were hearing during the debate.

It's no surprise that they would like what he was saying — both Clinton and Sanders (who easily made it a two-person debate, let's be honest) made points that the American people have been dying to hear. 

Remember when he said that he believed in a society "where all people do well, not just a handful of billionaires"? 

What about when he turned to Clinton and stated that Congress doesn't regulate Wall Street, Wall Street regulated Congress? Keep in mind that Clinton has taken quite a bit of criticism for flip-flopping on issues after big CEOs and organizations hand her a bunch of donations.

 
Bernie Sanders Sets The Record Straight On Wall Street

"Congress does not regulate Wall Street. Wall Street regulates Congress."— Bernie Sanders(via NowThis)

Posted by HuffPost Politics on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has not released how much money she was able to raise during the Democratic debate, but if we were to assume that each candidate’s donation patterns will continue, we can bet that she didn’t bring in nearly as many small donations from average voters like Sanders was able to.

Before the Democratic debate began, many were saying that this was Sanders’ opportunity to prove he is a serious presidential candidate, one that could truly compete with not only Clinton but Republican candidates as well.

In that case, I think we all can agree that he won — the numbers prove it!

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