Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has defied expectations in his bid against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and this latest news is no exception.
According to new reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Sanders is giving Clinton a literal run for her money, raising $26.9 million in the month of April compared with Clinton’s $25 million.
With that being said, the Sanders campaign also has a big budget, spending a total of $38.6 million throughout that same month — 143 percent of what the campaign was able to raise. By the start of May, the campaign had just $5.8 million on hand.
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By comparison, Clinton started off the month with $30.1 million on hand, a testament to her campaign’s deep pockets, which may help her maintain her lead until the Democratic convention in July.
So far this month, Sanders has managed to secure three out of four state primaries, winning Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon, and only narrowly losing Kentucky.
This momentum could prove to be a major asset for Sanders, and if he is able to portray himself as a viable general election alternative to Clinton, there is still a possibility he could receive the nomination.
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California will be by far the biggest prize of the remaining states, granting 475 delegates, making it critically important for both candidates. Currently, Clinton leads Sanders in that state by an average of 9.7 points, according to Real Clear Politics.
Apart from the controversial superdelegates, which Clinton has overwhelmingly secured, she leads Sanders in pledged delegates 1,768 to 1,494.
h/t: The Hill
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