Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking at a campaign event, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)

2020 Democrats in dash for money before third quarter ends

September 30, 2019 - 6:39 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic White House contenders spent the weekend pleading for campaign cash ahead of Monday's third-quarter fundraising deadline.

The numbers they ultimately report to the Federal Election Commission on Oct. 15 will offer a key measure of viability as February's Iowa caucuses loom.

There's a growing sense of urgency as the primary becomes a fierce battle for a limited pool of cash that could make the difference between staying in the race and heading for the exits.

Those who continue to muddle along in the lower tier will not only face challenges paying for advertising to amplify their message, but they are also likely to struggle reaching the fundraising threshold set by the Democratic National Committee to qualify for future debates.

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