SUNDAY TIMES WEB DESK: We are building an unprecedented coalition to not only defeat (Donald) Trump but transform the country into one that works for all people,” the liberal US senator said on Twitter.

Since announcing his candidacy on February 19, Sanders raked in $18.2 million from 525,000 individuals, who gave an average of $20, a sign of considerable small-donor support.

Most donors were under 39 years old, a “huge” asset to the candidate, his campaign director Faiz Shakir said on a press call, as the 77-year-old Sanders builds a grassroots revolution that has inspired younger voters.

The fundraising haul adds to millions of dollars that Sanders had raised previously through the network he built while running for president in 2016, when he lost the party’s nomination to Hillary Clinton.