Pete Buttigieg announced Monday a $24.8 million fundraising haul for the second quarter - more than tripling what he raised in first three months of the year and setting a high bench mark for his rival Democratic contenders to hit.
The numbers also guarantee the South Bend mayor a spot in the third primary debate - when the requirements to participate increase - as more than half the Democratic field is in danger of missing the mark to make the stage.
He is the first 2020 contender to announce his second quarter numbers, putting the pressure on his rivals to show they have the money to stay in the race.
Pete Buttigieg announced a $24.8 million fundraising haul practically guaranteeing him a spot in the third round of debates
Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julian Castro and Cory Booker are struggling to make the next round of debates
In an email to supporters, Buttigieg announced the $24.8 million figure from more than 294,000 donors - a dramatic increase from his first quarter fundraising haul of $7 million.
The campaign also noted it has more than $22.6 million cash on hand.
The numbers put Buttigieg in the top tier of candidates and indicate he has the cash to stay in the race for the long haul.
The mayor is also spending considerable time on the fundraising circuit: he'll be in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Friday, before headlining multiple events on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket on Saturday, CNN reported.
'This fundraising report shows that Pete’s message is resonating with Americans, and it’s proof that we are building an organization that can compete,' campaign manager Mike Schmuhl wrote in an email to supporters announcing the second-figure haul.
While the same contenders who were on stage in Miami will make the second round of debates in Detroit in July, it gets tougher for the candidates after that.
For the third round of debates, which will take place in September, candidates must hit 2 percent in multiple polls and have 130,000