Democratic presidential hopefuls collectively raised over $70 million during the first fundraising quarter of the 2020 election cycle, significantly less than they did the last time the party had a wide open primary.
For example, Democratic candidates in the 2008 election raised about $81 million during the first quarter.
The lackluster fundraising by a crowded field of more than a dozen contenders is a sign that a drawn-out primary battle lies ahead. The money troubles come as many donors sit on the sidelines to see how the contest unfolds.
Democrats' fundraising haul also pales in comparison to the $30 million President Donald Trump alone raised during the first quarter.