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With fundraising results, third Democratic debate is in reach for Klobuchar

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar's campaign says she raised $3.87 million from over 100,000 unique donors this year.

An email to supporters last month said that Amy Klobuchar was in the Minneapolis campaign headquarters calling supporters past midnight. Volunteers in the St. Paul farmer’s market asked for single dollar donations (“Four quarter donation gets Amy debatin’!”). And Klobuchar made a video appeal to voters over Facebook: “This is a real test for our campaign,” Klobuchar said. “Help us show that we have the momentum to make it.”

Those late night calls, quarters gathered, and online pleas seem to have paid off.

On Monday, the filing deadline, Klobuchar released her second quarter fundraising numbers. Her campaign says she raised $3.87 million from over 100,000 unique donors this year. To participate in the third Democratic debate in September, candidates need contributions from 130,000 unique donors and to have polled at 2% or more in four qualifying polls between June 28 and August 28.

But while Klobuchar’s fundraising numbers put her in reach of qualifying for the third debate, they are well below what leading candidates have raised: Joe Biden raised $21.5 million; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised $18 million from over 1 million individual donors; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts raised $19 million, with 384,000 individual donors; and Sen. Kamala Harris of California raised $11.8 million, with around 279,000 donors.


Klobuchar’s donations put her in league with Sen. Cory Booker, who raised $4.55 million and Beto O’Rourke who raised $3.65 million.

Nearly six months into her campaign, Klobuchar often cites her lack of a “political machine,” as a reason to support her and differentiate her from the rest of the field. But South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who also lacked such infrastructure initially, raised $24.8 million from 294,000 donors this quarter.

Klobuchar has earned 2 percent support in three qualifying polls so far: an ABC News/Washington Post national poll on July 3, USA Today/Suffolk University Iowa poll on July 2, and a CNN national poll on July 1. She only needs one more result of 2 percent or more in a qualifying poll to participate in the third debate.

Her polling continues to hold steady at between 0 and 3 percent: A July 11th national poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal places Klobuchar at 1 percent and a Fox News poll in South Carolina at 0 percent.

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Beth-Ann Bloom on 07/16/2019 - 12:45 pm.

    I don’t think Amy will find herself picking out White House china anytime soon.

    • Submitted by Jerry Dow on 07/16/2019 - 06:46 pm.

      First of all I am a conservative Republican who will vote Trump. And should he lose, Senator Klobuchar would reunify the nation.

      Klobuchar has best chance of defeating Trump because Sleepyhead Joe hasn’t the energy. Plus, it will be a woman at top of the ticket. So that leaves just Harris (too prickly) and Warren (too pedantic) who are both too far left wing to pull back enough moderate Democrats who elected Trump.

      On the other hand Klobuchar has the proven skill to pull moderate Republicans away from Trump while she polls at 70 percent approval rating from all voters, including a large fraction of GOP in Minnesota.

      Historical record indicates US presidential elections are won from the middle.

      • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/17/2019 - 08:35 am.

        Actually history does not tell us that successful presidents emerge from the “middle”, that’s a recent delusion that has yield decades of bipartisan failure. Trump, Obama, Reagan, Kennedy, Roosevelt, etc. etc. did NOT run as centrists, the all ran on strong liberal or conservative platforms and won.

        And of course the perennial delusion of “centrism” has always been the idea that they’re in the “middle” of something other than a bubble of complacency and privilege. They don’t expect much from their candidates because they don’t think they need much from their candidates.

    • Submitted by Mark Jurgens on 07/18/2019 - 06:00 pm.

      I sadly agree.

  2. Submitted by gloria flor on 07/16/2019 - 01:16 pm.

    I liked Amy until she renounced any plans to save our “kitchen sink” from toxic “poo” by giving a show of approval for sulfide mining–district 8 is been so shanghied by this industry that when the congessional debate was held in the lower range they only allowed pro-mining candidates to participate–the independent one from Duluth was barred and he was against sulfide mining. Those in charge cowardly hid behind the skirts of the League of Women Voters who in the confusion said he was left out for lack of poll ratings. Still, either or both Stauber and Radinovich could have manned up and requested a chair for him as he sat in the audience. But no–these two “steer” lacked the true grit to speak up–truly an embarrassing moment for our district’s political “pasture”–it’s got NO bulls but plenty of bull****. We need a candidate that will not kowtow to this industry and sadly she has failed to prove her backbone can hold her upright. Why would we want yet another president happy to destroy the northlands when we are mitigating around the cow pies slung at us by Trump and his conniving cronies? Sorry Amy, you lost my vote when you saddled up with the polymet posse and their derelict ways. Hindsight is 20-20 and I saw firsthand how this whole circus of baboons operates. Cowards the lot of them.

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/17/2019 - 08:15 am.

    It’s not the machine it’s the mediocrity that dooms Klobuchar. She renounces and denigrates the most popular proposals with condescension, and expects to attract popular support?

    If everything were more or less hunky dory and Trump and McConnell weren’t stomping on the Nation every day- a centrists place holder promising not to do very much might have a shot. However under the circumstances such a candidate is almost delusional.

    My comments also apply to Biden of course, but Biden isn’t pretending to be a popular guy who can win without big money donors, and he obviously has a lot more support from the Party elite. Having said that, I think Biden’s similarities with Klobuchar (along with his history of bad decisions and Republican collusion) will also doom his campaign.

  4. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/17/2019 - 08:25 am.

    Not to push this off topic or anything but regarding healthy care policy, both Klobuchar and Biden have potentially catastrophic policy agendas. They both condemn MFA as pipe-dreaming blah blah blah and hang their promises on “strengthening” Obamacare.

    The problem is Obamacare is on the verge of being demolished by court rulings that it’s central feature (the individual mandate) is unconstitutional. These court rulings could very be issued before the next election and non of these centrists candidates have a plan B if that happens; they’ll be running on strengthening a regime that doesn’t exist anymore. Obamacare was the best THEY could do, and if falls there will be NO Obama “legacy” at all to run on. What are they gonna do? Suddenly become single payer champions?

  5. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/17/2019 - 08:43 am.

    Even if Klocuchar gets into the 3rd debate, she won’t make it out of Iowa. Nor will she garner enough influence to effect the candidates that stay in the race and end up on the ballot. You have to wonder about a mentality and and judgement behind focusing on getting onto the debate stage while ignoring the goal of winning the election. I mean I understand you take one day at a time, but the candidate that squeaks into the debate is not the candidate that’s going to win the election. Let’s not pretend that simply getting into the debate is some kind of brilliant political accomplishment.

  6. Submitted by Jon Ruff on 07/17/2019 - 09:50 am.

    certainly not a brilliant political accomplishment, but I would still like to have Sen Klobuchar have a place on the stage in the hope that someone more widely acceptable magically appears. Thomas Friedman mentions such an unknown today in NYT; that being Gov Gina Raimondo.
    Hope upon hope.

  7. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 07/17/2019 - 10:46 am.

    Not milquetoast Amy, but also not transparent Amy. She needs to abandon her filmy actor role and let the voters see where she stands on issues of importance. Does she really think that she can continue with this ‘hide and seek’ game throughout the debates and continue to garner support for the next event ?

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