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U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey campaigns for the Democratic nomination for President. (Photo courtesy of Cory 2020.)

Booker sounds fundraising alarm, signaling possible end to presidential bid

Campaign manager: ‘The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race and compete to win the nomination’

By David Wildstein, September 21 2019 12:31 pm

Cory Booker has no path to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination if he can’t raise $1.7 million within the next ten days, his campaign manager says.

“Cory 2020 needs to raise an additional $1.7 million by September 30 to be in a position to build the organization necessary to continue competing for the nomination. Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward,” Addisu Demissie said in a memorandum to supporters this morning.”

Demissie said that Booker is not poised to secure a place in the next presidential debate without a fundraising surge.

“There are only four campaigns in this race with the money necessary to build and sustain the national organization needed to win the nomination,” Demissie said.  “I’ll be blunt — we aren’t among them today.”

Booker needs to ramp up their campaign operations in October and November to remain competitive, and Demissie says a strong September fundraising effort is all that stands between a withdrawal from the race.

The New Jersey senator has struggled to find a place in the crowded field.  He has polled in single digits,  behind Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

A Monmouth University poll this week put Booker in 4th place in his home state of New Jersey, with just 9% among Democrats.

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