Julián Castro: My Campaign Is Over Unless I Raise $800,000 in 10 Days

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaks at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and CNN’s presidential town hall focused on LGBTQ issues on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. It is the first Presidential event …
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Obama-era Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) revealed to supporters on Monday that he will end his longshot presidential bid unless his campaign raises $800,000 in the next 10 days.

Castro took to Twitter to issue a plea for campaign contributions, writing: “[T]his is a critical moment— if my campaign can’t raise $800,000 by October 31st, my campaign will be silenced for good.”

Castro’s presidential campaign has failed to gain momentum since launching in January of this year. He is currently polling at a mere average of 0.8 percent, according to Real Clear Politics.

Fellow White House contender Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) employed a similar fundraising tactic in September, appealing to supporters that he will be forced to drop out unless his campaign raised $1.7 million in donations by month’s end.

“[W]e do not see a legitimate long-term path forward,” Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie said at the time. “This moment is a testimony to the power of what’s possible when people unite in a common purpose and work toward a shared goal.”

The move proved successful, as the Booker campaign took in $1.78 million within 10 days.


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