Pete Buttigieg
Washington CNN  — 

2020 Democratic contender Pete Buttigieg has raised over $7 million in the first quarter of the year, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor announced on Twitter Monday morning.

Buttigieg is the first Democrat to publicly reveal his first quarter figure, so it’s unknown how his total compares to other candidates. Given the first-day hauls of rivals such as Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke, he’s likely to be outraised during the quarter, though it’s an impressive amount for a little-known 37-year-old mayor of a small town who is trying to break through a crowded field of better-known Democrats.

“This is just a preliminary analysis, but our team’s initial report shows we raised over $7 million dollars in Q1 of this year. We (you) are out-performing expectations at every turn. I’ll have a more complete analysis later, but until then: a big thank you to all our supporters,” he tweeted.

Buttigieg’s announcement comes a day after the end of the first fundraising quarter of the 2020 campaign. The totals will offer an early measure of the potency of their White House bids.

The top-tier candidates are aiming to post big numbers. Lesser-known candidates like Buttigieg had faced an added challege: meeting the new criteria the Democratic National Committee has established for the first two debates.