Did Cory Booker’s public plea for cash boost his poll numbers? Nope.

The week before, he received less than 1 percent in the Quinnipiac University poll.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of California led the field with 28 percent in the Monmouth survey, ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden with 25 percent and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders with 15 percent. In the Quinnipiac poll, Warren received 27 percent, Biden 25 percent and Sanders 16 percent.

At 1 percent, Booker tied for 8th place with four other candidates in the Monmouth poll.

Statistically, Booker’s numbers have remained unchanged, though his average is down to 1.4 percent in the Real Clear Politics poll average.

Booker needs to reach 3 percent in four qualifying national or early state-specific surveys to get on stage for the fifth Democratic presidential debate in November and so far he has hit that number in just two.

His numbers haven’t budged even as Booker announced a need to raise $1.7 million in 10 days in order to keep his campaign viable, and wound up bringing in more than $2 million. For the three-month period ending Sept. 30, Booker said he raised more than $6 million. The polls were conducted before Booker’s campaign announced the fundraising totals on Monday.

The new funds will go to hire additional campaign workers, ensure Booker is on every primary ballot, and expanding the email fundraising list.

And Booker’s campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, announced a new goal of raising $3 million in October.

“This is a race we can win — if we have the resources we need to steadily grow our campaign and show Democratic voters that Cory is the right candidate for this moral moment in our country’s history,” Demissie said in an email to supporters.

Monmouth University Polling Institute Patrick Murray said there was no correlation between poll numbers and Booker’s fundraising effort, an issue that voters were not paying attention to.

“They only just started tuning in a few weeks ago,” Murray said. “They haven’t fully made up their minds yet. They’ll give us an answer but there was a whole bunch of other candidates who could easily replace that person.”

Beyond those numbers are a lot of hopeful signs for Booker, Murray said. In early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, for example, he finishes among the top candidates when Democrats are asked to name who they like.

“If you were Cory Booker, you’d rather be in double digits but there are other signs in the polling that suggest he’s still got a shot,” Murray said.

Booker will be one of 12 Democrats on stage Oct. 15 for the fourth presidential debate. The other candidates who qualified are Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Sanders, Tom Steyer, Warren and Andrew Yang.

The Monmouth poll of 434 Democratic voters or those who lean Democratic was conducted Sept. 23-29 and had a margin of error of 4.7 percentage points.

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