Clinton tops Sanders in Mich. donations in April

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton narrowly outraised Bernie Sanders in Michigan a month after losing to him in the state’s Democratic primary, re-establishing her fundraising edge here even as she struggled to lock up the party’s nomination.

Clinton, who last week described herself as the inevitable nominee, raised $345,000 from Michigan donors in April, besting Sanders’ haul of $326,000, according to disclosure reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo also donated $500,000 to the pro-Clinton Priorities USA super political action committee. The Democratic mega donor and heir to the fortune of the Stryker Corp., the Kalamazoo-based medical devices maker, has now given a total of $1.5 million to Priorities USA this cycle.

Sanders, who does not accept super PAC money, narrowly outraised Clinton nationally in April and has refused to bow out of the race despite his increasingly difficult path to the nomination. The socialist told ABC News this weekend that Clinton is “jumping the gun a little bit” by saying she will be the nominee.

The Vermont senator trails Clinton by more than 270 pledged delegates and would need to score lopsided victories in the remaining primary states to catch up to her by the party’s July 25-28 national convention.

“It’s almost mathematically impossible” for Sanders to win the nomination, said Democratic political consultant TJ Bucholz, who added that continued Sanders’ continued attacks could ultimately hurt Clinton in the general election.

“Every day that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are at war is a good day for Republicans,” Bucholz said.

National polls have showed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a dead heat with Clinton.

Sanders raised more money than Clinton in Michigan during February and March, when he scored a narrow victory over the former U.S. secretary of state in the March 8 primary.

Clinton’s April fundraising advantage was her first in the state since January.

Sanders continues to enjoy a broad donor base in Michigan, a sign of grassroots support. He reported 9,607 contributions from Michigan residents in April, averaging about $34 each. Clinton reported 3,156 individual contributions for the month averaging about $109.

Trump, who has largely self-funded his campaign by loaning it more than $40 million this cycle, generated less than $5,000 from Michigan donors in April.

The billionaire reported 21 contributions from Michigan residents averaging $215 each.

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