Bernie Sanders outraises Hillary Clinton, and outspends

Democratic US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a rally in Boise, Idaho, on March 21.
Democratic US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a rally in Boise, Idaho, on March 21.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON • US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders outraised rival Hillary Clinton in last month but spent at a faster pace as well, leaving him with less money.

Mr Sanders raised US$43.5 million(S$59 million) in the month, compared with Mrs Clinton, who raised US$30.1 million, according to campaign finance records made public on Sunday.

The senator from Vermont has amassed much of his fund-raising haul from online donations driven by supporters contributing small amounts of money. While Mr Sanders raised more than Mrs Clinton, he also spent more than her campaign. At the end of last month, he had US$17.2 million in cash remaining. Mrs Clinton had US$31 million, according to her campaign.

On the other side of the race, Republican candidate Donald Trump has the advantage of leaning heavily on free media exposure. Last month, Mr Trump raised US$9.2 million, including a US$6.9 million loan he gave his own campaign, and spent US$9.5 million.

His main rival, Senator Ted Cruz , spent US$17.5 million - US$5.6 million more than he raised, according to the campaign finance records. And despite the heavy spending, Mr Cruz won just one state that voted last month and three on the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. Republican candidate John Kasich raised US$3.4 million last month and spent US$3.6 million.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2016, with the headline 'Sanders outraises Clinton, and outspends'. Print Edition | Subscribe