U.S. Sen. Cory Booker raised $6 million between July and September, his campaign announced on Tuesday, still far below Democratic presidential frontrunner Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The Newark-native’s campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, said much of that money was driven by a 10-day fundraising surge of over $2 million as they pushed for $1.7 million to stay in the race and qualify for this weekend’s Democratic primary debate.
During the same time period, Sanders raised over $25 million for his campaign, while Pete Buttigieg raised $19 million.
Booker has continually lagged in support, often reaching just single-digit approval in polls in the crowded field of contenders for the Democratic presidential nominee.
A poll released Sept. 19 from Monmouth University had Booker in fifth place for presidential pick among New Jersey adults, trailing behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
The campaign also crossed the 165,000 unique-donor threshold required in order to qualify for the Democratic National Committee’s November debate.
Demissie said in a mid-September memo that without the $1.7 million, Booker would likely have to drop out of the race.
“The past 10 days have given Cory Booker a grassroots mandate to continue in this campaign,” Demissie wrote in a Tuesday memo to campaign supporters. “We put out the call to Cory’s friends and supporters to show the world the strength of his candidacy and they answered it loudly and clearly, to the tune of nearly $2.2 million dollars in 10 days.”