Booker raises $6.6M in fourth quarter, trailing top rivals

Booker raises $6.6M in fourth quarter, trailing top rivals
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Team Trump criticizes Sanders for vote against USMCA MORE (D-N.J.) raised $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, narrowly exceeding his fundraising haul from the previous quarter but lagging his top rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

More than half of the contributions to Booker’s campaign in the fourth quarter were from new donors, and the average donation size was just under $23, according to Booker’s campaign.

The final three months of 2019 marked Booker’s best fundraising period thus far. He posted roughly $6 million in the third quarter of the year and $4.5 million in the quarter before that.

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However, he’s still well-behind most of the other Democratic presidential candidates in fundraising: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) announced this week that he had raised $34.5 million in the last three months of 2019, while former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFormer insurance executive: 'Medicare for all' would eliminate jobs that are 'not needed' Buttigieg says he's proud to be a part of US system amid UK royal family drama Buttigieg asked about 'Mayo Pete' memes by New York Times ed board MORE (D) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine MORE brought in $24.7 million and $22.7 million, respectively.

Addisu Demissie, Booker’s campaign manager, acknowledged in a statement that the New Jersey senator was lagging behind his rivals. 

He also criticized the Democratic National Committee’s criteria to qualify for its presidential debates and took aim at the lack of diversity in the primary field, pointing to former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro’s decision this week to drop out of the race.

“We’re thrilled to have closed out 2019 with our best fundraising quarter yet, despite not being able to join the December debate stage due to the artificial thresholds that prevented viable candidates from participating,” Demissie said.

“But to put it bluntly, we’re still behind the fundraising of a field of predominantly white candidates who have been able to haul in significantly greater sums of money or tap into their personal fortunes to fund their campaigns," he continued. "In the wake of Julian CastroJulian CastroBiden says he would consider Castro, O'Rourke for VP, Cabinet positions Joaquin Castro follows brother in backing Warren Deval Patrick knocks lack of diversity in Democratic debate MORE’s departure, we find ourselves at a juncture where what started out as the most diverse field of candidates running for president in our nation’s history is increasingly becoming one that does not reflect the rich diversity of our party and of our country.”

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Booker has seen his political prospects diminish in recent months as he’s struggled to break out in polls and keep pace with his top rivals in fundraising.

In September, Demissie suggested that Booker would drop out of the presidential race if he was unable to raise $1.7 million in the final 10 days of the third fundraising quarter, saying that without a last-minute cash injection, the senator would not have the resources to remain competitive. 

Booker eventually reached that goal, but his latest fundraising numbers show him falling behind candidates he had once surpassed, including Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders says he's concerned about lost campaign time during impeachment trial Sanders touts vote against Trump trade deal backed by primary rivals New Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar MORE (D-Minn.), who raised $11.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, up from just $4.8 million the quarter before.