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

Booker says he’s close to qualifying for debate

New Jersey Senator is 2,164 donors short

By David Wildstein, July 27 2019 12:14 pm

Cory Booker says he’s close to reaching the number of campaign contributors needed to qualify him for the September presidential debates.

“As of this morning, we’re so close to hitting this goal — we just need 2,164 more people to guarantee our spot in the fall debates,” Booker said in an e-mail to donors. “Some outside observers thought it was out of reach for an underdog campaign like ours.”

So far, eight Democratic candidates have qualified for the September debate: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang.

In pursuit of a spot on the debate stage, the Booker campaign is looking for help from potential contributors who might support another candidate.

“You don’t have to be all in for Cory to agree that he belongs on that stage,” Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie said in a separate fundraising solicitation.

The Democratic National Committee set a threshold of 130,000 donors to qualify for the debate.

Booker was 15,000 donors short of qualifying less than three weeks ago.

DNC rules require candidates to be at 2% in multiple public polls, in addition to the minimum number of donors.

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