WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in the second quarter, her campaign said Monday, cementing her status in the top tier of Democratic presidential contenders and surpassing Bernie Sanders, her main liberal rival.

The strong showing leaves the Massachusetts senator behind only Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor who reported nearly $25 million, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who has tallied $21.5 million since his candidacy began in late April.

Perhaps most notably, Warren raised more money than Sanders, who is also vying for liberal voters and is the only other candidate who has joined her in swearing off high-dollar fundraisers.

The strong showing signals the grip Warren is gaining over the party's progressive base. Sanders easily won over these voters during the 2016 presidential primary as the sole liberal alternative to Hillary Clinton. But he faces more competition during his second run, and Warren's steady stream of ambitious policy plans may come at his expense.

"To sum it up: We raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign," said Roger Lau, Warren's campaign manager, said in a glancing reference to Sanders. "That's big."

Warren more than tripled the $6 million she raised in the first three months of 2019, when she silenced some skeptics of her long-term fundraising viability following her decision to rely on grassroots rather than high-dollar donations. The campaign's $19.1 million came from more than 384,000 contributors giving more than 683,000 donations.

That's less than the nearly 1 million individual donations Sanders' campaign reported, but comparable with the 725,000 online donations that President Donald Trump's reelection campaign reported during the second quarter.

More than 80% of Warren's second-quarter donors were first-time contributors.

Warren's extensive organizing apparatus, particularly in early voting primary states, remains both a formidable asset -- and a significant cost -- as the campaign prepares to report $19.7 million in cash on hand.

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