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Capitol Report: Here’s what Bernie Sanders has done better than any of his Democratic presidential rivals

The Bernie Sanders campaign has announced that the contender for the Democratic presidential nomination raised $18 million in this year’s first quarter via about 900,000 donations, putting the independent senator from Vermont ahead of rivals who also have put out their first-quarter fundraising totals.

Candidates have until Monday to disclose their cash hauls for the period, but California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., joined Sanders in reporting somewhat early.

The Harris campaign said she raised $12 million in the quarter from about 218,000 individual contributions, while O’Rourke’s team said he took in $9 million from 218,000 contributions, with most of that money — $6 million — coming in the first 24 hours after he officially entered the race on March 14.

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