Carson looks to build on $8.35 million first quarter haul

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Ben Carson has raised $8.35 million in the first quarter of his campaign, much more than the political novice expected. But he has eyes on raising more.

Since March 3, the Carson campaign has received $10.5 million in donations from supporters, most of them donating in small amounts. Since Carson's campaign kicked off, they have been focusing on grassroots donations, shying away from soliciting larger donations until the second quarter.

During those past three months, the campaign saw 209,940 donations, with 101,500 of those coming from unique donors, putting it at an average of $50 per donation.

"This was stronger than our expectations. Those are extraordinary numbers," Carson communications director Doug Watts told the Washington Examiner. "We haven't made as strong an effort on major fundraising and we are just begun to launch our plans and build our structure there. That was purposeful, we want to have credibility to go to major donors and say 'yes we're a viable campaign, you can see this in our numbers'."