Cory Booker raises enough money to stay in 2020 race


Sen. Cory Booker said on Monday that his 2020 presidential campaign reached its goal of raising $1.7 million by the end of September to enable him to stay in the race.

​”I have some incredible news, team. Last night at 8:16 p.m., we reached our $1.7 million goal. I’m so grateful that at the most critical moment of this campaign, thousands of people in all 50 states came together to give us the boost we needed​,” the New Jersey Democrat wrote on Twitter. ​

​The campaign earlier this month released a fund-raising plea urging donors to contribute before the last day of the financial quarter on Sept. 30 because without it “we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward.” ​

​Booker thanked his supporters.

​”You put us back on a trajectory where we know we can be competitive. There’s a viable path forward, and I’m staying in this race because I know we can win it​,” he said in another posting.

​Striking while the iron is hot, Booker ​called on ​contributors to get him to the $2 million mark.​

​”We still have a full day before the end-of-quarter fundraising deadline at 11:59 p.m. Help us keep the momentum going by giving again to help us raise another $216,495 for a total of $2 million​,” Booker wrote.

​The senator said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the campaign crossed the threshold of 165,000 unique donors to qualify for the November debates.

“The surge and ​the momentum is great, but yeah, I still need help,” he said.

Booker has qualified for the October debates but hasn’t met the polling requirement for November.

To qualify, candidates must reach 3 percent in at least four national or early state polls.

Booker is averaging 1.5 percent in national polls, putting him in ninth place among the candidates, according to RealClear Politics.


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