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Can Bernie Beat February's Massive Fundraising Haul?

Breaking record, says Sanders camp, 'would send an unmistakable message to the media and the establishment: we are going to win this campaign and the White House'

A Bernie Sanders rally in San Diego, Calif. on March 22, 2016.  (Photo: Matthew Baldwin/flickr/cc)

Can the Bernie Sanders campaign beat the record fundraising haul it pulled in last month?

That's the campaign's goal, it announced Thursday, saying that it's already brought in over $39 million this month from donations of around $27 apiece.

"A lot of people in the corporate media and other establishment types are trying to call this race for Secretary Clinton. They want us to drop out. They want to be able to say, 'oh Bernie's fundraising is slowing down.' But we're going to prove them wrong today." —Bernie SandersIn Feb. his campaign brought in a record $43.5 million—out-raising Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by more than $10 million.

"If we were to raise more money by the end of this month at midnight tonight," the campaign said in a fundraising email sent Thursday morning, "it would send an unmistakable message to the media and the establishment: we are going to win this campaign and the White House."

"A lot of people in the corporate media and other establishment types are trying to call this race for Secretary Clinton. They want us to drop out. They want to be able to say, 'oh Bernie's fundraising is slowing down.' But we're going to prove them wrong today," the email stated.

The fundraising push comes on the heels of a new poll showing Clinton trailing Sanders in Wisconsin, a state where "the Clinton campaign seems to be bracing for another loss," the Wall Street Journal reported.

Wisconsin's primary is April 5, and it "is a must-win for Sanders," as The Hill described it, to help narrow the delegate lead Clinton holds over her rival.

The email also noted Wisconsin's as among the "very important primaries and caucuses" coming up, also pointing to Wyoming, which holds it caucus April 9, and New York, which holds its primary April 19.

"Our campaign is building the momentum we need to win the nomination and beat the Republicans in November," said Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager, in a statement. "More and more people are joining Bernie's political revolution every day and we're hopeful our supporters will help us reach another big goal for the month of March."

Despite this momentum, Robert Reich writes Thursday, "the major media haven't noticed how determined Americans are to reverse the increasing concentration of wealth and political power that have been eroding our economy and democracy."

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