Is This The End Of Cory Booker’s 2020 Campaign?

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 22, 2019 - 1:28 pm
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NEWARK (WCBS 880) – Another local official running for president may be on the verge of dropping out.

It was just a few weeks ago that Cory Booker’s campaign posted a video of the New Jersey senator bragging about the number of donors he was pulling in.

“We have blown by our goal to make the fall debates of 130,000 unique donors,” he says in the video.

But now a lack of campaign cash has Booker’s run for the Democratic presidential nomination at death’s door.

His campaign put out a memo saying that if the campaign doesn’t raise at least $1.7 million by the end of the month, they don’t see a “legitimate long-term path forward.”

“The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race,” Booker’s campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, wrote Saturday in a memo to staff and supporters.

“Booker might not be in this race for much longer—the same is true for other important voices in the field,” Demissie wrote.

This could be a fundraising gimmick by Booker’s campaign to motivate the senator’s supporters to dip back into their bank accounts and donate.

Booker himself says it’s not a stunt, simply a rare show of “radical transparency.”

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have dropped out of the race in recent weeks amid floundering support, making Booker the last local official in the race for the Democratic nomination.