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U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Booker raises $762,000 in three days

Senator suggests he’ll drop presidential bid unless he raises $1.7 million by October

By Nikita Biryukov, September 24 2019 10:30 am

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign pulled in $762,303 in the three days after it released a memo warning supporters that the campaign would likely close down unless the presidential candidate managed to raise $1.7 million before the end of September.

“We’re continuing to see a great outpouring of support from people across the country who believe Cory’s voice must remain in this race,” Cory 2020 Campaign Manager Addisu Demissie said. “But the increase in the DNC threshold for the debates underscores how important it is that we are able to scale up — not only to make it to the debate stage, but to continue to build the infrastructure to continue being competitive in this race.”

Booker’s fundraising call comes as the senator vies to make it to the stage of the November Democratic Presidential primary debate.

This month, the Democratic National Committee announced it was again raising the thresholds to qualify for the next debate.

This time, candidates will need at to amass donations from at least 165,000 individuals, with 600 from at least 20 states.

The senator’s campaign on Monday said he had yet to meet that threshold, thought it’s unclear whether the 19,994 contributions he’s received between Saturday and Monday put him over that hump.

Candidates also need to win 3% support in at least four polls approved by the DNC or 5% in two early-primary state polls.

Booker has already qualified for the October debate.

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