Cory Booker may quit 2020 race by Tuesday despite ‘avalanche of support’

Democratic candidate says surge raised $1.5m of self-imposed fundraising goal of $1.7m by end of the month

According to his own deadline, New Jersey senator Cory Booker has less than two days to save his presidential campaign.

On Sunday he said an avalanche of support had brought him close to a self-imposed fundraising goal, but admitted he could be out of the race by Tuesday.

Some minor candidates have dropped out but the field is still unwieldy. On Friday the Democratic National Committee said its next debate, in Ohio on 15 October, would take place on one night. Twelve candidates, Booker among them, had qualified to appear.

Booker announced last week that if he did not raise an additional $1.7m by the end of September, he would quit the race. Since then he has raised around $1.5m. Asked on CNNs State of the Union if the end was nigh, he said: It could be.

But weve seen over the last week an avalanche of support. We have nearly 35,000 donors helping us make this goal, weve raised $1.5m plus, weve actually already crossed the threshold for the November debates of 165,000 unique donors.

So the surge and the momentums great but yeah, I still need help in this final 36 hours.

Booker said he had set the fundraising goal in order to stay in this race to win the nomination as his candidacy was not a vanity play or [about] ego.

Im not going to be in this primary unless I have a viable path to win it, he said.

The realclearpolitics.com national polling average shows how narrow that path has become.

Former vice-president Joe Biden leads from Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, who has gained significant momentum. The Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is not far behind.

California senator Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg round out the top five, some distance back. Booker is ninth, behind former Texas congressman Beto ORourke, former housing secretary Julan Castro and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

The size of the field and the persistence of its stragglers is becoming a national talking point.

Returning this weekend for its 45th season, Saturday Night Live introduced a CNN Impeachment Town Hall in which a muddled 10-person debate was said to be the partys choice for how to handle proceedings against Donald Trump.

Booker, played by Chris Redd, was not included among the actual candidates.

Were limiting the time you can speak by how well youre doing in the polls, the host said, so Cory, you get five words.

Redd offered: Impeach Trump now because trouble.

Asked if he would like to leave now to beat traffic, he said: I would.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/29/cory-booker-2020-race-funding-goals

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