Sanders vastly outspent Biden in run-up to Super Tuesday

The former vice president is leading Democratic rivals for the party's nomination

U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s campaign in February spent less than one-third the amount shelled out by rival Democrat Bernie Sanders, according to disclosures by the campaigns filed on Friday.

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Despite being outspent, Biden’s campaign finished the month surging at the polls with a victory in the Feb. 29 nomination contest in South Carolina.

Since early March, the former vice president has led the Democratic contest to be the nominee to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the November election.

Former Vice President Joe Biden in Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 10. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In February, Biden’s campaign spent $13.1 million, compared with $45.8 million spent by Sanders, whose campaign manager said this week he was reassessing his bid.

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The presidential race has changed dramatically since February, however, as a deadly coronavirus outbreak has led campaigns to suspend rallies and fundraisers.

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The outbreak is also causing swaths of the U.S. economy to shut down as state and local officials order businesses closed and, increasingly, people to stay in their homes.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks from Washington on Tuesday, March 17. (BernieSanders.com via AP)

The outbreak could lead campaigns to rely more on television and digital advertising.

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Biden spent only around $5 million on ads in February, compared to more than $26 million spent by Sanders.

With Sanders’ future in question, a potential match-up of Biden versus Trump has come into view. At present, the Republican appears to have a substantial funding advantage.

Biden finished the month with $12.1 million in the bank. Trump’s campaign, which has been burning through the money it raises much more slowly than Biden’s campaign, ended the month with $94.4 million in cash.