Buttigieg says he's raised $4M since strong showing in Iowa

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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg takes a question from the audience at a campaign stop at the Merrimack American Legion, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Merrimack, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pete Buttigieg said Friday that he has raised $4 million since the Iowa caucuses, an impressive haul for a candidate looking to capitalize on his strong showing to continue building a national political brand.

The campaign of the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced that it had collected $4 million since one minute after midnight on Tuesday.

The results from Monday's caucuses are too close for The Associated Press to call. In figures released Thursday by the state party, Buttigieg leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by a margin of 0.09 percentage points. Both candidates have declared victory.

It's another sign of strength for Buttigieg, who was unknown in national politics a year ago and has risen to become a front-runner in the Democratic primary. He is offering a centrist message and promising a fresh approach to politics as a 38-year-old Washington outsider.

Buttigieg's campaign also said it was launching digital ads in Nevada and South Carolina starting on Saturday. Those states vote after New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first primary on Tuesday.

Sanders has announced raising a massive $25 million in January and is planning to use his flush campaign account to add staff and increase television and online advertising in states that vote on “Super Tuesday” on March 3.

Their twin strong finishes in Iowa have also increased tensions between Sanders and Buttigieg.

Appearing at a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Friday, Sanders read a series of headlines about wealthy donors backing Buttigieg.