The herd has thinned as most of the candidates with little to no name recognition have given up, leaving Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg as the front-runners (in that order, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls). Warren has effectively lost half of her support in the past month, with Bernie and Buttigieg being the primary beneficiaries of that dwindling support.
Meanwhile, Cory Booker is far from having a “Spartacus moment” when it comes to his prospects for victory.
According to Fox News:
Steve Phillips, a San Francisco lawyer and founder of Dream United, indicated in a news release that the super PAC had struggled to raise money. Booker, D-N.J., has publicly disavowed support from super PACs, which aren’t required to disclose their donors publicly.
The group raised a little over $1.1 million during the first six months of the year, far short of Phillips’ stated goal of $10 million. Politico reported in July that almost all of those funds were contributed by Phillips’ wife, Susan Sandler.
In other words, absent their contributions, they would’ve raised close to zero – a number that isn’t far off of Booker’s polling. Even if we were to count the family donations as legitimate, that would only amount to just over 10% of their intended fundraising goal.
Currently, Booker averages 1.8% in the polls, lagging businessman Andrew Yang, and the a new challenger, Michael Bloomberg.