In this March 23, 2019, photo, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives to speak about his presidential run during the Democratic monthly breakfast at the Circle of Friends Community Center in Greenville, S.C. Buttigieg was the longest of long shots when he announced a presidential exploratory committee in January. But now the underdog bid is gaining momentum, and Buttigieg can feel it. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Democrat Mayor Pete celebrates raising $7 million this year

April 01, 2019 - 8:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says he's raised more than $7 million this year.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor tweeted Monday his team's initial report shows he and his supporters "are out-performing expectations at every turn."

Buttigieg promised over the weekend there'd be a "celebration" with his announcement Monday, two months since he launched his exploratory committee.

Buttigieg says the first quarter fundraising total comes from a preliminary analysis and he'll have a more complete analysis later. He says until then: "a big thank you to all our supporters."

Buttigieg is known as Mayor Pete. He says he'll release a video showing how he's "spending the investments" supporters have made.

Former Texas congressman and Democratic 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke says he raised slightly more than $1 million over the weekend, achieving his $1 million weekend fundraising goal.

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