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Elizabeth Warren’s Record-Breaking Fundraising Haul Could Suggest Presidential Run

On the heels of a record-breaking first quarter haul in Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $3.45 million for her Senate campaign between April and June, bringing her total amount raised so far to $11.03 million. Her $3.45 million haul is the highest second-quarter fundraising haul announced by any Senate candidate so far.

Additionally, of the $3.45 million Warren raised, Politico reports 98 percent came from donations of $100 and under — which is the same small-dollar percentage she saw during her record first quarter fundraising. Most of Warren’s donors are also her constituents, despite criticism from Republicans that Warren is more interested in national interests than in representing her state.

But these numbers could be hinting at something much greater than maintaining her position as Massachusetts’ Democratic senator. Amidst speculation that Warren could be running for president to unseat President Trump come 2020, her highly impressive campaign fundraising shows she already has one huge part of running for president nailed on the head.

For the better part of 2015, many speculated that Warren would run for president, and while this speculation wound up being false, these days she’s been doing little to counter rumors of a potential 2020 bid.

Earlier this year, Warren joined the Senate Armed Forces committee — this was widely perceived as a move to expand her resume beyond domestic and economic issues. Additionally, her national book tour for This Fight is Our Fight quickly started to look a lot like a presidential campaign. And, of course, in a speech in front of Emily’s List back in May, Warren expressed her strong belief that a female president could be coming very, very soon — maybe herself? It certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s been in the spotlight as a champion for progressive economic reform since the Obama years.

But still, there remains the age-old, frustrating question of whether America is ready for a female president — November 2016, after all, delivered a pretty crushing answer. And, of course, Warren, while beloved by her base, is loathed by an unsettling plurality of Americans, many of whom tolerated or even liked Sen. Bernie Sanders, despite the fact that the two are undeniably near-replicas of each other: modest “man of the people” beginnings, sharp anti-establishment messaging, and, of course, reforms to help the working class and promote economic equity.

Warren certainly has the resume, charism, and all important fundraising skills to launch a presidential bid, but the only reason Democrats are rightfully a little wary of this is the question of her electability as a woman in a society mired in lingering sexism and resentment of accomplished, powerful women. But that being said, on paper, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump arguably seemed pretty unelectable, but look where we are, now. And, of course, to her credit, unlike Hillary Clinton, Warren’s reputation for “telling it like it is” could be a good match for Trump’s.

What awaits us in 2020, for the most part, remains a mystery. But Warren’s impressive fundraising, and the fact that her name recognition is growing, could be a good sign for those on Team Warren.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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