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Cory Booker campaign: No "legitimate long-term path forward" without fundraising surge

In this image, Booker speaks into a microphone while talking.
Booker speaks at an LGBTQ presidential forum on September 20, 2019. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Cory Booker's campaign released a memo Saturday asking for his supporters to raise $1.7 million by Sept. 30, suggesting that Booker "might not be in this race for much longer" if there's no fundraising surge.

The big picture: Booker has qualified for the 4th round of Democratic debates in October and has said he will attend CNN's Oct. 8 town hall on LGBTQ issues, as well as MSNBC's Oct. 2 town hall on gun safety.

What they're saying: "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."

  • "[I]t is probable there are only four campaigns in this race with the money necessary to build and sustain the national organization needed to win the nomination."
  • "We aren’t among them today..."

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