Bernie Sanders raises $2.7 million in Colorado, leading all presidential candidates |

Bernie Sanders raises $2.7 million in Colorado, leading all presidential candidates

Bernie Sanders raised more than $2.7 million, while Coloradans donated nearly $1.8 million to President Donald Trump

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Bernie Sanders stands with his wife, Jane, at a Denver rally at the Colorado Convention Center on Sunday, Feb. 16.
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Colorado political donors are making their preferences clear before Super Tuesday, and they’re putting their money on Bernie Sanders.

The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate raised more than $2.7 million from Colorado donors from February 2019 through the end of January, based on an analysis by, which runs OpenSecrets. That includes small-donor donations via the conduit ActBlue, a fundraising platform for Democratic candidates where contributions don’t have to be itemized by a campaign until they reach $200.

“This has long been a pretty good state for him,” said Seth Masket, a political science professor at the University of Denver, where he leads the Center on American Politics. “He did really well here in 2016, he’s always had a really strong base here.”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren comes in a distant second with nearly $1.6 million from Colorado donors, followed by former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at $1.4 million, and former Vice President Joe Biden at $1.1 million.

Donor interest in Sanders reflects recent polls showing him in the lead in Colorado’s presidential primary, which will be held on Tuesday, followed by Warren and Buttigieg.

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