Sep 30, 2019

Cory Booker clears self-imposed fundraising goal to continue 2020 election campaign

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Sen. Cory Booker said Monday his campaign has crossed its self-imposed existential $1.7 million fundraising goal, keeping him in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Why it matters: Booker said on Twitter meeting the goal can keep him competitive in the race and provide a "viable path forward." His campaign manager had warned the campaign would have no legitimate avenue if it did not meet the threshold.

Background: Booker's campaign manager said on Sept. 21 the candidate needed to raise $1.7 million in the final 10 days of the fundraising period to "determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race."

  • The candidate polled at 0% in a Quinnipiac poll conducted on Sept. 19–23.

What's next: Booker has yet to qualify for the Democratic National Committee's November debate.

  • The candidate has reached the threshold of 165,000 unique donors to qualify.
  • But he has not qualified in terms of polling. Candidates need 3% support in at least four national or early state polls, or 5% support in two single-state polls, to take the stage.

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Why it matters: Last week, Booker's campaign disclosed it needed to raise at least $1.7 million within the final 10 days of Q3 — or he would be forced to drop out of the primary contest.

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All the qualifiers for November's Democratic debate

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How it works: Each candidate needed to hit 3% in at least four accepted polls to qualify, or 5% in two single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada. Candidate were also required to attract 165,000 unique donors and a minimum of 600 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.

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Why it matters: The plan features some of the most progressive measures to combat gun violence proposed by any 2020 candidate. It's Booker's attempt to stand out in an increasingly crowded field, as he leans on his experience as the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, to boost his credibility on the issue of gun violence.

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