With three days remaining before a self-imposed deadline to raise $1.7 million or be forced to drop his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Cory Booker 81% of the way there.
Booker has now raised $1,378,618 since his campaign sounded an alarm last Saturday saying the campaign was in danger of folding without a sudden infusion of cash.
In an email to supporters this morning, Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie said that campaign has not yet reached the 165,000-donor threshold set by the Democratic National Committee to qualify for a slot in the November debate.
Booker raised $109,067 on Friday.
Another candidate, Julián Castro, is now employing the Booker gambit. He said on Thursday that if he doesn’t qualify for the November debate, he’ll be forced to withdraw from the race.
“I don’t say this lightly: If I don’t make the next debate stage, it will be the end of my campaign,” Castro said in an email to supporters.
In addition to a minimum numbers of donors, candidates need to be polling at least 5% in two early state polls to make the November debate stage.