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.”
I’m extremely proud of the historic and bold campaign we have built together.
But this is a critical moment— if my campaign can’t raise $800,000 by October 31st, my campaign will be silenced for good. Help us keep up the fight.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 21, 2019
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.