Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is begging for money to make up a massive decline in financial support as the fourth quarter ticks down its final days.
If the quarter had ended Friday, Warren would have suffered a 31 percent decline in money raised since the third quarter, Fox Business reported.
Warren blew the whistle on her need for cash in an email to supporters.
“So far this quarter, we’ve raised a little over $17 million,” the email said, according to The Hill. “That’s a good chunk behind where we were at this time last quarter.”
In the third quarter, which ran from July through September, Warren hauled in $24.6 million, second only to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who raised just over $25 million.
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Warren’s email said that announcing the campaign’s poor performance was “something different” and “a little risky,” but the campaign was releasing its low number as a means of getting supporters to cough up cash to hit a fourth-quarter goal of $20 million by the time the quarter ends Tuesday, according to Boston.com.
If Warren’s campaign hits its $20 million goal, it would be a slight increase over the $19.1 million the campaign took in during raised during the second quarter.
“We have until midnight on December 31 to get things going,” the campaign said in the email.
Missing the target could hurt the campaign’s 50-state organizing strategy, the email said. The strategy is based on small-donor fundraising.
“Can you spell hypocrite?” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said about Warren, having raised money for her in 2018.
“She didn’t have any trouble taking our money the year before,” Rendell, who now supports Biden, said. “All of a sudden, we were bad guys and power brokers and influence-peddlers. In 2018, we were wonderful.”
Warren’s drop in donations accompanies her fall in the polls.
The Massachusetts senator is currently third in the Democratic presidential race with an average of 15.2 percent support, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.
Warren trails former Vice President Joe Biden, who has an average of 28.1 percent support, and Sanders, who has an average of 18.8 percent support.
Warren’s high-water mark in the polls came on Oct. 8, according to Real Clear Politics, when her polling average of 26.8 percent was almost even with Biden’s 27 percent. The day before, she actually led Biden, 26.6 percent to 26.4 percent. Since then, her poll numbers have dropped steadily.
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