HANOVER, N.H. — Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota raised $11.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, her campaign announced on Friday, a sum that was more than twice what she collected during the prior three months but still left her no better than sixth in fund-raising for the last three months among Democrats running for president.
Ms. Klobuchar’s fund-raising total comes after well-reviewed performances during the last three Democratic debates, but reveals the yawning gap in financial resources between the top candidates in the race and everyone else.
Still, Ms. Klobuchar’s team sought to portray her fourth-quarter total as evidence of momentum for her campaign, which has increasingly focused on Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. Late last month, Ms. Klobuchar completed her tour of all 99 Iowa counties, becoming the second Democratic presidential candidate to hold an event in each county after former Representative John Delaney of Maryland.
The senator now has more than 80 staff members in Iowa and 30 in New Hampshire, but little presence in Nevada, South Carolina and the big states that follow on the primary calendar in March.
“Our campaign has seen a massive surge in grass-roots support, and this has allowed us to make critical campaign investments,” said Justin Buoen, Ms. Klobuchar’s campaign manager. “As we head into 2020, Amy for America is building momentum and a strong grass-roots operation that can win big in 2020.”
Ms. Klobuchar is one of five candidates who have qualified for the Democrats’ planned January debate, joining former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. Each of the four raised far more than Ms. Klobuchar, based on statements from their campaigns.
Mr. Sanders’s campaign announced that it had raised $34.5 million during the fourth quarter. Mr. Buttigieg’s campaign said that it had raised $24.7 million. Mr. Biden’s campaign announced that it had raised $22.7 million. And Ms. Warren’s campaign said that it had raised $21.2 million.
The Klobuchar campaign also released a 60-second television advertisement highlighting her moderate image.
“If you feel stuck in the middle of the extremes in our politics and you’re tired of the noise and the nonsense,” she says in the ad, “you’ve got a home with me.”