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Cory Booker warns he needs $1.7M in donations — or he’s dropping out of presidential race


Cory Booker needs plenty of cash — or he’s toast.

Sen. Booker says he must raise $1.7 million by the end of this month or he’s going to give up his presidential campaign.

“We can do it,” Booker tweeted Saturday. “But if we don’t, we don’t see a legitimate long-term path forward.”

We’re at a crossroads in this campaign. We need to raise $1.7 million by September 30 to be in a position to build the organization we need to compete for the nomination—and we can do it—but if we don’t, we don’t see a legitimate long-term path forward.

Booker portrayed the unusual plea as an effort to be honest with supporters and would-be supporters alike.

“We’re at a crossroads in this campaign,” he wrote.

After starting out with more than two dozen serious candidates, the Democratic 2020 field is starting to thin as polling shows only a handful of legitimate contenders.

Booker is the last of the New York area candidates still standing, after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Bill de Blasio both threw in the towel.

Unlike other recent drop outs, Booker has already qualified for the October Democratic debate stage.

The former Newark mayor has won plaudits for his positive campaign and his impressive debate performances. But he has remained stuck in the low to mid-single digits in polls and has struggled to compete with the Democratic front-runners in fundraising.

Some analysts believe the New Jersey senator is running to effectively audition for a vice president spot on the ticket of another candidate, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren.