Democrat presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is experiencing quite the fundraising surge after her performance at Wednesday’s primary debate.
The Massachusetts senator tweeted that she came out of the debate leading in fundraising, raking in more than $5 million as of Thursday.
It’s an incredible performance for Warren considering her current standing in the primary race. She may be in the background as far as the national narrative goes, but she is raking in millions.
Coming back after Iowa
Indeed, Warren has been on her back foot over the past couple of weeks. Her performance in Iowa and New Hampshire was lackluster, and it looked as though it was a matter of time before her campaign completely collapsed.
But the latest debate, which took place in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening, may mark a turning point for the Massachusetts senator. Her dunks on billionaire Mike Bloomberg that night landed her widespread praise.
Warren may now pose a real threat to Bernie Sanders, who has been enjoying a solid lead in the race in recent weeks. It seems Bloomberg was exactly what Warren needed.
In the debate, Warren drew cheers when she said, according to The Hill, “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians.’ And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”
Of course, dunking on Bloomberg may not be that hard, but it still makes for good campaign ads. Warren’s performance has gotten her campaign off of life support just ahead of the Nevada caucuses, Fox Business reports.
Warren v. Sanders?
Warren made the mistake of not attacking her opponents for far too long. Her performance in the debate came in stark contrast to the soporific strategy she has employed for the past few months.
Now, Warren needs to ensure she doesn’t end up like failed candidate Kamala Harris, who also had high points centered around her lashing out at opponents in the debates, but who failed to perform otherwise.
If Warren can maintain this momentum, it could set up a showdown between her and Bernie Sanders.
With the rest of the Democratic primary field fading and Bloomberg turning into a massive joke, Warren v. Sanders could be the matchup come July.