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Yahoo NewsSep 21, 2019
Cory Booker will exit presidential race if $1.7m not raised by end of month
* ‘Without a fundraising surge we do not see a path forward' * Booker insists announcement not a stunt to swell coffersCory Booker said: ‘I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can't walk it alone.' Photograph: José Luis Magaña/APCory Booker could be the next Democrat to drop out of the race for the presidential nomination.In a "now-or-never" memo to supporters and staff, campaign manager Addisu Demissie said Booker need to raise $1.7m by the end of the month or he would have to drop out of the race."Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward," Demissie wrote in the memo, published online on Saturday morning. "The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race."Booker, who is in Iowa this weekend, tweeted: "It's an unusual move for a campaign like ours to be this transparent, but there can be no courage without vulnerability. I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can't walk it alone."He insisted the release of the memo was not a "stunt" aimed at boosting fundraising."This is a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our campaign at a level of transparency unprecedented in presidential politics," he wrote. It would be a shame if that diversity was not reflected in the candidates who end up competing for the nomination Addisu DemissieBill de Blasio exited the Democratic race on Friday. Booker has co
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