Sanders pulls in record fundraising haul

Bernie Sanders has beaten a huge fundraising record his campaign had set just last month, pulling in more than $43 million in March.

Last month, Sanders raised a whopping $43,498,784, more than any other candidate on either side so far in this primary. This month, he has broken that record, attracting close to $44 million.

Close to 2 million individual contributions were made to Sanders campaign in March, with an average contribution of roughly $25.

“Our campaign is building the momentum we need to win the nomination and beat the Republicans in November,” Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement.

This is the third month in a row that Sanders has outraised his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton. Many of her donations are made through her Super PACs.

Sanders close to smashing fundraising record

Bernie Sanders looks set to surpass last month’s whopping fundraising haul of almost $45 million, powered by small donors.

In a statement, Sanders’ press secretary Michael Briggs said that the campaign is aiming to beat last month’s fundraising record of $43.5 million.

Bernie Sanders has now received more than 6.2 million individual contributions to his campaign, from more than 2 million donors across the United States since last year.

The average contribution to his campaign is just $27.

“Our campaign is building the momentum we need to win the nomination and beat the Republicans in November,” said Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver.

“More and more people are joining Bernie’s political revolution every day and we’re hopeful our supporters will help us reach another big goal for the month of March.”

Sanders’ campaign has released a live fundraising tally for supporters to track this month’s target. At just after 6am on Thursday morning, the tally stood at $39.6 million from more than 1.5 million contributions.

Sanders supporters who would like to help Sanders’ campaign reach the March fundraising target can do so by contributing to his campaign through ActBlue.

Sanders, Clinton look set to debate in New York

Hillary Clinton is now likely to debate Bernie Sanders in New York, after refusing to debate in her home state for months.

At a campaign stop in Wisconsin, Clinton changed her tone, saying she was open to a debate in Brooklyn. For months, her campaign had rejected proposals from Sanders to debate in the Empire State.

“Let’s do it,” Sanders said on CNN.

Previously, the Clinton campaign only wanted to debate in New York after the state had already voted in the primary process. Days ago, a Clinton operative had suggested that she would not debate him because he was being too negative.

Sanders’ campaign has been consistent in its push for a debate to be held in New York, either upstate or in New York City prior to the state’s primary.

Live results: Democratic caucuses

Democrats in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington caucus to pick a presidential nominee today. Follow the live results as they roll in.

Bernie Sanders is expected to do well in today’s caucuses, as the format has favored him in previous states, including on Tuesday, when he won both Utah and Idaho by huge margins.

Sanders has been running a strong campaign in Washington, where he has held several rallies over previous weeks. He has gained strong support in Hawaii, where campaign surrogate Representative Tulsi Gabbard has been voicing her support for him.

Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook has conceded that Sanders might win all three caucuses this weekend, as he did earlier in the week.

He said last week that Sanders is “is poised to have a stretch of favorable states to vote, including five caucuses next week, which he is likely to win.”

Live results below will update automatically.

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Live stream: Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend Sanders’ rally at Safeco field in Seattle, Washington tonight. Watch it live.

The rally at Safeco Field will kick off at 7pm local time. Lines are already extending around the stadium, with thousands of supporters waiting to get in to the event.

Sanders will discuss a wide range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care.

In Washington, Saturday’s nominating contest is expected to draw tens of thousands of voters who will ultimately determine how 101 of the state’s Democratic delegates will be awarded.

Q13 Fox Seattle will be covering the event live. You can watch the live stream of the event below. The stream will begin when the event kicks off.

An alternative stream of the live event, run by local network KING5 Seattle can be found on their website. That stream has already begun.

Sanders to open Brooklyn office

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will officially open his Brooklyn headquarters on Saturday, ahead of the New York Primary.

Supporters are encouraged to gather to celebrate the launch of the office, before heading off to canvass.

Prominent supports of Bernie Sanders, including former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, film actor Justin Bartha and musician Kyp Malone will be in attendance.

The opening and block party kicks off at 11:30am on Satuday at the campaign’s brand new Brooklyn headquarters, located at 131 8th Street, Brooklyn.

The event is free and open to the public, however attendees are encouraged to RSVP on the campaign’s website.

The New York primary takes places on April 19.

Sanders releases incredible ad featuring Tulsi Gabbard

A new television ad released by Bernie Sanders tonight features Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who discusses the true cost of war.

Sanders’ campaign released the ad on YouTube on Thursday night. It focuses on the cost of war, and is voiced by Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran and supporter of Bernie Sanders.

“What I saw in Bernie was a heart of aloha. No matter who you are or where you come from in this country, we are all in this together,” Gabbard says in the new 90-second spot.

“I could not in good conscience stay back here in beautiful Hawaii and watch my brothers and sisters in uniform go off into combat. These are people and friends who we never forget,” she says.

“My name is Tulsi Gabbard and I support Bernie Sanders to be our next commander-in-chief.”

The new ad has received praise online. Prominent CNN contributor Van Jones labelled the ad “amazing” on Twitter.

It is expected to go to air in Hawaii, however the Bernie Post is still seeking confirmation from Sanders’ campaign. What do you think of the new commercial? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Sanders, Clinton in virtual national tie

A brand new Bloomberg poll released today shows Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in a virtual tie nationally.

The Bloomberg poll of likely voters shows 49 per cent support Sanders, and 48 per cent support Clinton, putting them in a virtual tie.

The poll also showed that Bernie Sanders is the better candidate for a general election, as he would defeat every Republican candidate by larger margins than Hillary Clinton.

Sanders would defeat Trump by 24 points, Cruz by 12 points and John Kasich by 4 points. Meanwhile, Clinton’s lead over Trump and Cruz is much tighter, and she trails John Kasich in hypothetical match ups.

The overall sample has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, while the subgroup of 311 Democratic primary voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points.

Sanders wins big in Idaho

Bernie Sanders has been declared the winner of the Democratic presidential caucuses in the Gem State.

AP has projected Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic caucus in Idaho, with 100 per cent of the results now in.

Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton by 57 per cent. There 23 were pledged delegates at stake in tonight’s race.

CNN reported huge voter at caucus sites in Idaho and Utah, with one caucus precinct in Salt Lake City running out of ballot papers, resorting to an office printer to run off extra ballots.

Democratic primaries were held today in Arizona, Idaho and Utah as part of “Western Tuesday.”

Sanders wins big in Utah caucuses

Bernie Sanders has been declared the winner of the Democratic presidential caucuses in the Beehive State, by a whopping margin.

The Washington Post, and the Associated Press have projected Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic caucus in Utah.

Sanders currently leads Clinton by roughly 51 per cent, at the time of writing, according to the latest live results. There are 33 pledged delegates at stake in tonight’s race.

CNN reported huge voter at caucus sites in Idaho and Utah, with one caucus precinct in Salt Lake City running out of ballot papers, resorting to an office printer to run off extra ballots.

Bernie Sanders attracted a crowd in the tens of thousands in Salt Lake City earlier in the week.

Republicans in Utah also voted today. Democratic primaries were held in Arizona, Idaho and Utah as part of “Western Tuesday.”