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
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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.”

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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces tumor on kidney, will undergo treatment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem anxiety grows ahead of Super Tuesday House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime 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 campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE at the September debate.