Cory Booker drops out of 2020 presidential race


Cory Booker will no longer seek the Democratic Party nomination for president.

He announced his decision via a video posted on Twitter.

“Today, I’m suspending my campaign for president with the same spirit with which it began. It is my faith in us, my faith in us together as a nation, that we share common pain and common problems,” Booker said. “And so now, I recommit myself to the work. I can’t wait to get back on the campaign trail and campaign as hard as I can for whoever is the eventual nominee and for candidates up and down the ballot.”

His campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, announced in late September that Booker needed an influx of donations to stay in the race, $1.7 million by the end of the third quarter. While the New Jersey senator met that goal, his fundraising was consistently a fraction of what top-tier competitors raised.

From the beginning of his candidacy, Booker struggled to gain much popular support. Most polls throughout the primary race never had him registering more than 2% to 3% in support, although the 50-year-old had met the polling and donor thresholds for the Democratic primary debates through October.

As Booker was unable to meet the Democratic thresholds needed to make presidential debates while billionaire businessman Tom Steyer continued to secure a spot, he expressed frustration that the debate stage did not adequately express the diversity of the party’s base and unsuccessfully lobbied the Democratic National Committee to ease debate standards.

The senator’s White House run had been speculated about for years until he finally announced in February 2019. Booker, with one of the largest ground teams in Iowa, ended his bid just three weeks before the Feb. 3 first-in-the-nation caucuses.

One complication for Booker ahead of the Iowa caucuses was that the Senate is expected to launch a trial for President Trump’s impeachment, keeping Booker in Washington and away from potential supporters in early voting states.

Throughout his campaign, Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees, emphasized his support for social justice initiatives and introduced a Senate bill that would create a committee to study the impact of reparations for American descendants of slaves.

It’s with a full heart that I share this news—I’m suspending my campaign for president.

To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot—thank you. I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together.

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker)
January 13, 2020

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