Can Bernie Sanders win against Donald Trump?

Can Bernie Sanders win against Donald Trump?

Kamala Harris raised roughly $1.5 million in the first 24 hours from all 50 states, which raised eyebrows at the time.

The question now for Sanders is whether he can stand out in a crowded field of Democrats who embrace many of his policy ideas and who are newer to the national political stage.

However, whether he can once again capture grassroots support, and whether the energy of his past campaign will pass to other candidates, will likely be a central factor in determining who Democrats nominate to take on the sitting president at the next election.

Sanders, 77, running as a Democrat again, believes he can prevail in a crowded and diverse field that includes several female and minority candidates, and then beat Donald Trump, whom he called on Tuesday "the most unsafe president in modern American history".

During his announcement, Mr Sanders launched a fiery attack on President Trump. The campaign reported over $6 million in donations, largely from small donors, in just one day.

His average donation this year was $27.

The haul was the product of an aggressive fundraising push by the Sanders campaign, with emails and texts asking for contributions late into Tuesday evening. While Sanders and his policies were once the outliers, they-or at least most of his policies-have now been co-opted by the mainstream.

Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist who gained a national following when he challenged Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, raised more than $4 million on Tuesday from nearly 150,000 individual donors after announcing another White House run, according to his campaign.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's camp has said the Massachusetts Democrat raised $300,000 the day that she announced an exploratory committee and Sen. Amy Klobuchar distancing herself from the progressive wing of the party.

And while he lost in a contentious battle against Hillary Clinton, there's no doubt Sanders' candidacy helped shift the conversation to a totally different place. He has also pledged not to accept money from special interests or corporate PACS.

Mr Sanders gave an outline on Tuesday of how he will campaign.

"Here's the truth: you can not change a corrupt system by taking its money".

It remains to be seen if any of them will withdraw and back Sanders or whether they will duke it out in a Democratic field that resembles the Republican scrum in 2016 when Donald Trump overcame 16 other contenders for the party nomination.

The independent senator's rivals appear to have taken note of that and have embraced some of his slogans while leaving themselves room to tinker with how the programs are defined.

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