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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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U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record

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Data: COVID Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

The United States reported 88,452 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The country confirmed 1,049 additional deaths due to the virus, and there are over 46,000 people currently being hospitalized, suggesting the U.S. is experiencing a third wave heading into the winter months.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day.
  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. Sports: MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.
  5. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

The norms around science and politics are cracking

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Crafting successful public health measures depends on the ability of top scientists to gather data and report their findings unrestricted to policymakers.

State of play: But concern has spiked among health experts and physicians over what they see as an assault on key science protections, particularly during a raging pandemic. And a move last week by President Trump, via an executive order, is triggering even more worries.