Biden wins South Carolina Democratic primary, CNN projects

President Joe Biden’s campaign raked in the highest number of grassroots donations in January since he launched his reelection bid last year — a metric that campaign officials say indicates growing enthusiasm among the base. 

The campaign has been readying a sizable war chest to face off against a Republican opponent in November. Biden’s reelection campaign, along with the Democratic Party, ended last year with $117 million, CNN previously reported, marking the highest cash-on-hand figure for any Democratic candidate at that point in the cycle.

The uptick in grassroots contributions month by month is fueling optimism within the campaign, which views it as a sign of increased voter engagement. The number of people donating through the campaign’s website doubled in January compared to December, driving the increase in grassroots contributions, according to a campaign official.

Campaign officials previously said December marked their highest grassroots fundraising month since the reelection launch last April, breaking the record set one month prior in November. January surpassed December, according to the campaign official.

The average grassroots donation was $41.88 in the fourth quarter and 97% of all donations were under $200. The campaign official didn’t disclose the exact amount raised by small-dollar donors.

During a stop at his campaign headquarters earlier Saturday, Biden trumpeted new polling showing him with an edge against former President Trump. “Everything’s picking up across the board,” Biden said.

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