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Sunday 25 August 2019

Joe Biden trailing Pete Buttigieg in fundraising for Democratic primary race

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana is upstaging better known opponents in the early stages of the campaign to determine Donald Trump’s opponent in 2020.

The White House (Niall Carson/PA)
The White House (Niall Carson/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Joe Biden has reported that he raised 21.5 million US dollars for his presidential campaign in the second quarter.

That has the former vice president trailing Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who was virtually unknown a few months ago.

Mr Biden’s campaign announced his second quarter fundraising total on Wednesday.

Mr Buttigieg, widely known as Mayor Pete, reported taking in 24.8 million US dollars for the quarter, three million US dollars more than Mr Biden, who was vice president to Barack Obama.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he raised 18 million US dollars.

Reports to the Federal Election Commission are due on July 15.

The numbers will be an indicator of the health of the candidates’ campaigns.

Most White House contenders have not revealed their fundraising numbers.

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