Oct 21, 2019

Julián Castro says his 2020 campaign needs to raise $800,000 by Oct. 31

Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro. Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker

Julián Castro said Monday that his 2020 presidential campaign must raise $800,000 by Oct. 31 — or it "will be silenced for good."

Why it matters: Castro's existential ultimatum follows a similar plea last month from Cory Booker, who pulled in $1.7 million in just over a week to stay in the race. If Castro is successful, other lower-tier Democrats may attempt to replicate their strategies to pull in quick bursts of fundraising to try to make waves in the crowded primary field.

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Julian Castro clears fundraising goal to keep 2020 campaign alive

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Julian Castro's campaign said Friday it reached a self-imposed $800,000 fundraising goal that will keep his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination alive, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: "Castro did not have a stocked campaign chest to help boost his campaign when he launched," according to NBC News.

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Julián Castro fails to qualify for November Democratic debate

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Julián Castro has failed to qualify for the November debate stage, just weeks after threatening to drop out over waning fundraising.

Driving the news: In late October, the former HUD secretary told supporters in an email that if he did not qualify for the fifth Democratic primary debate, he would not be able to continue his candidacy into the Iowa caucuses.

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All the qualifiers for November's Democratic debate

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The November Democratic primary debates, hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post, are scheduled to take place in Georgia on Nov. 20. Ten presidential candidates qualified to appear on stage, leaving former HUD Secretary Julián Castro as the notable exception.

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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