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Cory Booker meets do-or-die $1.7M fundraising goal to stay in Democratic primary race

2019-10-01

Cory Booker’s still in the White House hunt after all.

The New Jersey senator crowed about meeting his self-imposed $1.7 million fundraising goal to stay in the Democratic presidential primary race.

Booker announced that he hit the goal with a day to spare — and urged supporters to chip in to get him up to the $2 million mark by the end of September.

$1.7 million wasn’t just a goal—it was the real number we knew was necessary for us to continue building an organization that can take us all the way to the White House. We have what we need to grow, but let’s not stop now. https://t.co/thGpnEeVEd

Booker raised eyebrows with the admission that he needed a big burst of giving to stay in the race, but the gambit paid off as a surge of donations helped him meet the goal.

Booker has won praise for his strong debate performances and positive campaign theme.

He’s still stuck in the low single digits in most polls and it’s unclear whether the cash infusion might jump start his campaign.

Some analysts say Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Cal.), the two African-American candidates, are dividing a big slice of the black vote, leaving front runner Joe Biden to run away with the race among the key constituency.

If one or other drops out, it could open the door for the remaining candidate to make a much stronger run at Biden in South Carolina and other Southern states like then-candidate Barack Obama did in his successful 2008 race against Hillary Clinton.