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Beto O’Rourke raises $9.4M in first 18 days of campaign

WATCH ABOVE: Beto O'Rourke campaign raises $6.1M in first day

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says he raised $9.4 million in donations during his first 18 days of campaigning, taking in more than $500,000 a day.

The ex-Texas congressman didn’t release his total number of contributions but announced Wednesday that 98% of his donations were less than $200 and 99% came online.

READ MORE: Bernie Sanders raises $18M, takes early lead in 2020 fundraising

He says the average donation was $43.

O’Rourke raised $6.1 million during his first 24 hours of presidential campaigning beginning March 14, edging Bernie Sanders’ $5.9 million over the same period to top the Democratic field.

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Beto O’Rourke kicks off presidential campaign, says Trump uses ‘fear and division’
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That was seen as O’Rourke passing a key early test of his national appeal.

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Sanders entered the race in February and announced raising $18.2 million in 41 days of campaigning. O’Rourke says his haul means he “remains the highest per-day raising candidate.”

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