Amy Klobuchar Raises $4.6 Million In Third Quarter

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is behind in the polls but still able to stay alive financially.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who seemed like a promising candidate when she started out her campaign early in the year, has largely trailed in the polls and not stood out at the three debates she has participated in. Despite that, she managed to raise a respectable, albeit hardly sufficient, amount of money in the third quarter of the year:

Democrat Amy Klobuchar raised $4.8 million between July and the end of September, her campaign announced Monday, a total that bested the Minnesota Senator’s haul from the previous quarter by $1 million.

Klobuchar’s third-quarter fundraising was a fraction of the amount raised by top Democratic candidates such as Bernie Sanders, who raised the most of any candidate in the field, $25.3 million. But it is likely enough to keep Klobuchar’s campaign functioning as she attempts to secure more support.

Klobuchar has qualified for the October Democratic debate and has crossed the donor threshold for the November debate, giving her opportunities to keep making the case for her presidential bid to a national audience. She is currently polling at 1 percent on average, according to Real Clear Politics.

As noted, Klobuchar’s numbers are hardly comparable to those of the top tier of the Democratic field, of course, and they fall short of her best numbers of the year. That being said, they are sufficient enough to put her over the top for the fundraising half of the criteria needed to qualify for the November Democratic Debate. In order to qualify, though, she’ll need to either poll at or above 3% in selected national polls, which she has never done, or at or above 5% in two statewide polls in the early primary states.

In that respect, Klobuchar’s best chance appears to lie just to the south of her home state in Iowa. While the Senator fails to register in polling at the national level or in other early states such as New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina, she has shown some signs of life in the Hawkeye State. In the RealClearPolitics average for Iowa, she is currently averaging 4.6% and can point to at least one poll where she polled as high as 8%, although this is not one of the polls the DNC is looking at to determine debate eligibility. If she can somehow manage to improve on her performance in the state before the deadline, though, she could still qualify.

If Klobuchar doesn’t make the November debate, then that would appear to be the beginning of the end of the race for her, but it may not be the end of her national ambitions. Depending on who the Democratic nominee might be, Klobuchar seems to check many of the boxes that a potential running mate would need to satisfy to earn a place on the ticket. First, she’s from the Midwest, which is going to be the crucial battleground for the 2020 election. Second, obviously, is the fact that she’s a woman, and the pressure for a Democratic nominee to pick a woman as their running mate is likely to be strong, especially if the nominee ends up being a male. Finally, between her time in the Senate and her career before becoming a Senator, she seems more than qualified to fill the role of a running mate and potential Vice-President. She’s not the only potential running mate with these points in their favor, of course, but if she isn’t the nominee, which is likely, I’d keep her in mind as a potential running mate for whoever does win the nomination.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. al Ameda says:

    I keep hoping that Amy will break through and gain traction, but it’s getting late.

    No disrespect to the others, but my two favorite candidates thus far are Andrew Yang and Amy Klobuchar. I just don’t see either getting through, and I like having Amy in the Senate, and I hope that Yang will get to the House or the Senate sometime in the future..

    I’ll vote for any Democrat in November 2020.

  2. Gustopher says:

    @al Ameda: I mean this in the best of all possible ways, but Why Yang?

    I have no idea what anyone sees in him. To me he’s like a TED Talk that just doesn’t end.

    And starting a political career with a Presidential run suggests he either isn’t serious or that he really shouldn’t be taken seriously because oh god he is serious. (I give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he isn’t serious and is just promoting his issue).

    What do you see in Yang that is different? What appeals to you?

    Also, do you work in tech?

    Klobuchar would be fine. She’s not my preferred 2% candidate, but she would be fine. I can see why someone would like her.

    I do like the comb incident.

  3. al Ameda says:


    What do you see in Yang that is different? What appeals to you?
    Also, do you work in tech?

    Look, I know that Yang is a curiosity and as such he won’t be there at the end. However, I appreciate Yang because he is looking ahead, he’s got interesting ideas (like the guaranteed income) that ought to be considered seriously. He answers questions directly and does run from hard questions. Also he’s not lobbing bombs at the other candidates. I wouldn’t mind Yang in the Senate or the House.

    The others? It’s early, I’ve heard their stuff a lot. I’m ready for some action – bring on actual votes and caucuses. I’m tired just talk and no action. Start winnowing this field down.

    Finally, I’m in finance management – in mid/senior management positions pertaining to organization budget development and analysis, and in contract and grant management. I do not work in tech, although I know a lot of people who work in and around tech, particularly in biomedical and health care areas.

  4. Gustopher says:

    @al Ameda: Thanks. Paraphrasing just to make sure I’ve got it — he has some interesting ideas that should be in the discourse, he’s mostly positive, and I think you’re not in the Yang Gang. Some day I hope to find someone not crazy who is Yang Gang, who can explain the appeal.

    I agree that UBI (or The Alaska Method, to appeal to conservatives) probably should get more attention.

    I suspect he would not be a good Representative in the House though. Entrepreneurs don’t tend to play well with others. I think he would be unhappy. I’m ok with him being unhappy (some people are only happy when they are frustrated at every turn), but think someone a few steps away from him might be better.

    (I think people who work in tech have seen a lot of people like Yang, but I don’t know whether that makes us more or less likely to like him… he’s less obviously odious than many)