Cory Booker's Campaign Warns He May Not Be in Race 'Much Longer'

Booker speaks during the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention at the SNHU Arena in Manchester NH on Sep. 7 2019

Booker speaks during the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention at the SNHU Arena in Manchester NH on Sep. 7 2019

An internal memo from Cory Booker's failing presidential campaign revealed the Senator's pursuit of the nomination has just "10 days left" to raise more than $1.7 million.

Booker, a black USA senator from Newark, New Jersey, whose support in national opinion polls stands in the low single digits, needs to raise $1.7 million by the time the financial quarter ends on September 30, according to a campaign memo sent to supporters and posted online on Saturday.

On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his 2020 presidential campaign, leaving 19 other Democrats including Booker to vie for the chance to take on Republican Trump.

The New Jersey senator said he needed "to raise $1.7m by 30 September 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 might not be in this race for much longer - the same is true for other important voices in the field", Demissie wrote. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who trails only Warren and Sanders in fundraising.

Demissie continued that the campaign would not be able to expand before primary voting begins next year.

Sen. Cory Booker speaks during a presidential forum hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
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Minyon Moore, a veteran Democratic strategist who is neutral in the 2020 race and has donated to multiple candidates, said while she understands voters' fatigue with the massive field, Booker is a valuable addition.

Breathless fundraising appeals are not uncommon among political campaigns, but Demissie stressed in the memo that his dire warning wasn't merely a "stunt".

Demissie did not specify which campaigns were in good shape, but NBC speculated that they were the campaigns of Biden, Warren, Sanders, and Buttigieg - because he "raised more money last quarter than any other candidate".

Demissie also said he was not simply writing the memo to scare supporters into raising more money for the candidate. The memo cites "a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our operation".

Booker and his rival Democratic candidates were due to speak later on Saturday at the Polk County Democrats' annual Steak Fry in Iowa, which will hold its presidential caucus on February 3.

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