(EDGE) South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 presidential bid seems to be on the rise.
After placing a surprising third in a recent Iowa poll, the openly gay presidential hopeful said that his exploratory committee raised over $7 million in the first quarter of 2019, Politico points out.
"This is just a preliminary analysis, but our team's initial report shows we raised over $7 million dollars in Q1 of this year," Buttigieg tweeted Monday morning. "We (you) are out-performing expectations at every turn. I'll have a more complete analysis later, but until then: a big thank you to all our supporters."
The fundraising Buttigieg is referring to is between April and January 23, when he first announced his plan to run for president.
Politico writes: The number is likely to put Buttigieg in the fundraising upper echelon of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls. Some of Buttigieg's rivals have reported large first-day cash hauls but have yet to release first quarter estimates. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke raised $6.1 million in the wake of his campaign launch, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) raised $5.9 million on his first day as a 2020 presidential candidate. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) raised $1.5 million immediately after launching her presidential campaign with a well-attended rally in Oakland, California.