Sen. Cory Booker's presidential campaign brought in a half-million dollars in the past 48 hours after the New Jersey Democrat said Saturday he would be forced to end his run for the White House if $1.7 million didn't come in before the end of September.
Campaign manager Addisu Demissie announced the new totals Monday morning, saying in a tweet that "we just crossed $500,000 raised since Saturday at 8 a.m. Just under $1.2M to go," reports The New Jersey Globe.
Booker told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday that the totals mark the two best fundraising days of his campaign so far.
"Well over 10,000 people have responded to this challenge that we got in this race," Booker said. "The two most respected campaigns on the ground are mine and Elizabeth Warren's. We have more endorsements than any other candidates."
Booker said his campaign has been built to win, but also had to be honest with people.
"The fourth quarter is when you grow," said Booker. "If we don' t have the money to grow, we are not going to be able to stay competitive. In my opinion, I don't want to stick around if I'm not in it to win it."
Although Booker has qualified for the October Democratic debate, his campaign has remained mired in the single polling digits, far behind front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Warren.
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