The Latest: O’Rourke’s fundraising plunges in 2nd quarter

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Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper speaks during a presidential candidates forum sponsored by AARP and The Des Moines Register, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on second quarter fundraising totals (all times local):

9:35 p.m.

Beto O’Rourke raised just $3.6 million for his presidential campaign in the second quarter, a dramatic drop in fundraising that underscores his campaign’s struggle to gain traction.

The former Texas congressman entered the race with a glowing cover story in Vanity Fair and speculation that he would be a top contender. But the total his campaign announced Monday night was far less than the $9.3 million he raised last quarter and places him toward the back of the pack.

O’Rourke has struggled to reclaim the magic of his losing 2018 bid for Senate against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which brought him closer to winning statewide than any Democrat had in years. He set records in that race, raising over $80 million.

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7:45 p.m.

Democrat Amy Klobuchar (KLOH’-buh-shar) says she raised nearly $4 million in the second quarter for her 2020 presidential bid, less than the $5.2 million she brought in during the first seven weeks after joining the race.

The Minnesota senator announced the fundraising total for April through June on Monday when all campaigns must report them.

Klobuchar raised a fraction of what her top rivals raised during the same period. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) announced he received nearly $24.8 million, while former Vice President Joe Biden said he raised $21.5 million.

Klobuchar regularly tells voters that she doesn’t come from money but that she has “grit” and knows how to defeat President Donald Trump. The three-term senator notes she has won in parts of Minnesota that backed Trump in 2016.

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7:40 p.m.

Cory Booker has raised $4.5 million for his presidential campaign in the second quarter, a decline from his performance during the first quarter of the year when he took in $5.1 million.

That places the New Jersey senator well behind the top fundraisers for the second quarter, led by Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj), who raised $24.8 million.

Booker’s campaign says the news isn’t all bad. Many candidates are struggling to meet a fundraising threshold set by the Democratic National Committee to qualify for the next round of debates.

Booker is closing in on that 130,000-donor mark. And his campaign says his strong debate performance in June helped boost his intake by $1 million in the closing days of the quarter.

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6:45 p.m.

Second quarter fundraising totals show that many Democrats running for the White House are struggling to raise money.

Top-tier contenders have raised gobs of money. But that’s not the case for many in the sprawling field that’s drawn more than 20 candidates, making it difficult for them to qualify for the next round of debates.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took in about $500,000 less than the $2.9 million she raised in the first quarter. Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee improved his numbers but still only raised about $3 million. And former Congressman John Delaney raised $284,000 but loaned his campaign $7.7 million.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper resisted calls from former campaign staffers to quit the race. He raised $1.1 million this quarter. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet took in $2.8 million.

All campaign must report their fundraising figures to the Federal Election Commission by the end of Monday.

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11:34 a.m.

Some big fundraising hauls by Democrats are easing worries that lackluster totals last quarter were a sign the party would struggle to stockpile cash for the general election fight with President Donald Trump.

Second quarter totals must be reported by the end of Monday. But early glimpses some campaigns offered show they collectively raised about $96 million, putting them within striking distance of the $105 million raised by Trump and the Republican National Committee.

Pete Buttigieg led the field of Democratic White House hopefuls with $24.8 million, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden, who raised $21.5 million. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in third with $19.1 million.

Others haven’t announced their numbers but are certain to have pulled in far less, raising questions about their viability.

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