Sanders Grassroots Support Brings in $15 Million in Fundraising, Catching Hillary in Polls

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters after speaking at a political rally in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
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Washington, DC

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is bragging of strong grassroots support.

Since his launch in April, his campaign says he has raised $15 million. “Ninety-nine percent of the almost 400,000 contributions by some 250,000 individuals were for $250 or less. The average donation was $33.51,” reads his press release.

Hillary Clinton – the Democratic frontrunner Sanders is challenging – announced she raised $45 million during the first quarter.

The self-proclaimed socialist Sanders is packing in listeners. Some 10,000 supporters came to see him speak in Madison, Wisconsin this week.

“I am more than aware that my opponents will be able to outspend us. But we are going to win this election,” Sanders said to a cheering crowd. “They may have the money but we have the people. And when the people stand together, we can win.”

Sanders is also seeing a boost in the polls. He took 33 percent from Democratic caucus voters in Iowa according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

“That’s up from 15 percent in the poll in May,” reports the Hill.

Clinton’s support fell from 60 percent in May to, now, 52 percent.

“Eighty-five percent of Democrats surveyed in the poll view Clinton favorably, compared to 66 percent for Sanders. Still, more than a quarter of respondents, 26 percent, say they haven’t heard enough about Sanders,” the Hill noted.