Gabbard says she needs to raise $1 million by year-end 'to stay competitive'

Gabbard says she needs to raise $1 million by year-end 'to stay competitive'
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) said she needs to raise $1 million by the end of the year for her presidential campaign to remain competitive. 

“We need to raise $1M by December 31st in order to stay competitive and continue our momentum. Let’s put our grassroots msg front and center in the most competitive early state media markets,” she tweeted Monday evening. 

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Gabbard has consistently polled in the lower or middle tiers in national and early state surveys, but pressure on her campaign was ramped up after she narrowly failed to qualify for Thursday’s primary debate, which she said she would have skipped regardless.

The Gabbard campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding how much she’s raised since making the plea. A graphic accompanying the request showed the Hawaii Democrat has already raised more than $480,000 of the $1 million. 

The tweet asking for donations comes as a top tier of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign cancels fundraiser with Mueller prosecutor Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCOVID-19 workplace complaints surge; unions rip administration Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE solidifies in the first four nominating states, leaving other candidates hoping for a finish somewhere in the top five.

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Other candidates such as Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers Senators ask DeVos to adjust FAFSA form due to the coronavirus pandemic Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff MORE (D-N.J.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have also tried similar gambits to Gabbard, with both raising the funds necessary by their self-imposed deadlines.

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenate Democrat introduces bill to protect food supply Congress headed toward unemployment showdown Fight emerges over unemployment benefits in next relief bill MORE (D-Colo.), who has polled near the bottom of most national and early state surveys, also announced Tuesday that his presidential campaign has to raise $700,000 by Jan. 16 to remain competitive in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire.

“Now is our moment. We have planted our flag in New Hampshire, but we need your help right now to have the resources to compete there,” Daniel Barash, Bennet’s campaign manager, said in a memo to supporters.