Many media outlets consider Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as the winner of the first debate that occurred on Tuesday night. However, candidate Bernie Sanders enjoyed the most post-debate support.

Sanders has risen $26.2 million for his presidential campaign in the last three months, while Clinton has risen $28 million. Unlike Clinton, however, Sanders’ political contributions have come from 1.3 million small donations from grassroots supporters. Since the debate, Sanders has received $3.2 million from grassroots supporters.

“Other campaigns are bankrolled by big donors who have given so much even under our current corrupt political system they can’t legally give any more,” campaign manager Jeff Weaver said. “Bernie’s big base of small donors may give again and again. What is clear now is that this campaign to transform America will have the resources to fight all the way to the convention.”

Many tout Clinton as the easy favorite to win the Democratic nomination. However, Sanders is becoming a powerhouse candidate and should not be overlooked.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced