Booker raises enough fund to stay in presidential race

Cory Booker
New Jersey Senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker campaigns on Sept. 26 at “Politics and Eggs” in Bedford, N.J.


WASHINGTON – Cory Booker is staying in the presidential race after hitting his self-imposed $1.7 million fund-raising goal late Sunday night, hitting a mark his team set nine days prior in an urgent plea for help. 

“Thanks to this outpouring of support, we see a viable path forward to continue growing a winning campaign. I’m staying in this race — and I’m in it to win,” Booker, a senator from New Jersey, said in a statement the morning of Sept. 30. 

“But this won’t be the last mountain we have to climb on our way to the nomination — we have a lot more money to raise to continue being competitive with the better-funded campaigns in this race.” 

His statement then asked for another $217,000 in donations to put him over $2 million since his Sept. 21 call for support.

Booker’s campaign said that day he was in danger of dropping out of the race unless he could raise an additional $1.7 million by the end of Monday. 

In an unusually blunt memo and call with reporters, his campaign manager said they did not see a viable path forward without that fund-raising surge by the end of September, the deadline for the next set of campaign finance disclosures. 

Booker has been among a number of Democratic senators and governors who have struggled to gain traction in the presidential race, lagging in both polling and fund-raising, despite receiving strong receptions at his public events and in national debates.

His open call for help led to his best nine-day stretch of fundraising, his campaign said Monday, resulting in $1.78 million in donations as of the end of Sept. 29. Now Booker’s challenge is to convert the cash surge into tangible public support.


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