Presidential candidate Julián Castro warned supporters that he will drop out of the Democratic primary if his campaign doesn’t raise $800,000 in the next 10 days.
In a fundraising email sent to supporters on Monday, Castro said: “If I can’t raise $800,000 in the next 10 days — I will have no choice but to end my race for President. If I can’t make the next debate stage, we cannot sustain a campaign that can make it to Iowa in February.”
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker made a similar threat in September, saying that without an additional $1.7 million he would not be able to compete to win the Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign raised $2 million in the 10-day period.
In the email, Castro wrote the threat is “not a fundraising gimmick.” Campaign manager Maya Rupert said: “Our campaign is facing its biggest challenge yet. Secretary Castro has run a historic campaign that has changed the nature of the 2020 election and pushed the Democratic party on a number of big ideas. Unfortunately, we do not see a path to victory that doesn’t include making the November debate stage — and without a significant uptick in our fundraising, we cannot make that debate.”
The Democratic National Committee requires candidates in the November debate to secure 165,000 individual donors, plus a polling threshold of either 3% in four DNC-approved polls or 5% in two DNC-approved early voting state polls, Washington Examiner reports. Castro has met the donor mark, but does not have any qualifying polls.
I’m extremely proud of the historic and bold campaign we have built together.
But this is a critical moment— if my campaign can’t raise $800,000 by October 31st, my campaign will be silenced for good. Help us keep up the fight.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 21, 2019
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