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 GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials 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 BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAngst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary 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 BookerHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer 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 BennetLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform For true American prosperity, make the child tax credit permanent 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.