Sep 21, 2019

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

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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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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