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2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg says he raised more than $7 million in the 1st quarter of 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 presidential campaign is off to an impressive start.

Buttigieg on Monday announced he has raised more than $7 million since he launched his campaign in January. He said this was based on a preliminary analysis, writing, "We (you) are out-performing expectations at every turn."

For comparison, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke announced last month that he raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) raised $5.9 million in that time. Other candidates haven't yet released their Q1 totals, but The Washington Post notes that although Buttigieg's total is likely to fall short of the frontrunners', it's still a lot for a candidate who entered the race with relatively little name recognition.

Buttigieg recently drew 4 percent support in a poll from Quinnipiac, which put him on par with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and put him above Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). And Politico notes that Buttigieg's $7 million total will likely put him in the "fundraising upper echelon of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls."