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An aide for Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE’s (D-N.J.) presidential campaign sounded the alarm about lagging fundraising numbers on Saturday, saying the campaign must haul in nearly $2 million by the end of the month to have a path forward in the Democratic race.
Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie wrote in a memo that the senator's campaign did not see an expected uptick in fundraising in the early part of September, setting it behind a handful of top-tier contenders who had raked in more money.
“We have reached a critical moment, and time is running out. It’s now or never,” Demissie wrote to staff and supporters. “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.”
Booker, long seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party since his tenure as Newark mayor, launched his 2020 bid in February, joining what would become a quickly crowded field with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE and several other sitting senators and governors.
However, early efforts to build out his campaign operations in critical primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire have taken a toll on Booker's campaign coffers.
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