Castro says he will drop out of 2020 race if he doesn't raise $800K in next 10 days

Castro says he will drop out of 2020 race if he doesn't raise $800K in next 10 days
© Getty Images

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro appealed to supporters on Monday to donate $800,000 by Oct. 31, saying he would be forced to end his presidential campaign otherwise.

Castro tweeted out the call for donations Monday, saying, “This is a critical moment— if my campaign can’t raise $800,000 by October 31st, my campaign will be silenced for good.

The tweet included a video lauding Castro for “saying what no one else would,” citing his call for decriminalizing crossing the U.S. border and warning “we’re in danger of losing Julián’s voice.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement Krystal Ball: Patrick's 2020 bid is particularly 'troublesome' for Warren 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting MORE (D-N.J.) tried a similar tactic in September, warning that without $1.7 million in donations, “we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward.” The appeal was successful, with the Booker campaign raising $1.78 million over the next nine days.

“This moment is a testimony to the power of what’s possible when people unite in common purpose and work toward a shared goal,” Booker wrote in September.

Castro polls at an average of 0.8 percent in the crowded Democratic field, according to the RealClearPolitics average of presidential primary surveys, but has driven interest with a series of widely-watched moments in the primary debates, including a confrontation with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California MORE at the September debate.