Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race

Booker speaks during an event in Fort Dodge Iowa on Dec. 20 2019

Booker speaks during an event in Fort Dodge Iowa on Dec. 20 2019

"Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win - money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage", Booker said.

In a tweet, Booker said: "To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot-thank you".

"We have to beat Donald Trump. but beating Trump is the floor, not the ceiling", Booker wrote, adding, "We may have not reached our ultimate goal, but over the past year I've had the pleasure of meeting so many incredible, inspiring, engaged people all over this country, and I am more confident now than ever that together we will rise". In his parting message, Booker doubled down on that message.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who had struggled with getting his 2020 presidential campaign off the ground from the beginning, announced on Monday he'd drop his pursuit of the White House. "I don't believe that", Booker said on "The View" in February 2019, during his first television interview after announcing his presidential run. I still believe that. "I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together". Booker said the thresholds have hindered minority candidates in particular.

In his email to supporters, Booker pledged to do "everything in my power to elect the eventual Democratic nominee for president", though his campaign says he has no immediate plans to endorse a candidate in the primary.

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Only one black candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, remains in what had once been the most diverse field of presidential contenders in history.

Booker's fellow presidential hopefuls struck a much more supportive tone.

Booker intends to run for reelection to the Senate.

Booker's early and intense focus on organizing the state - which he's now visited four times - is the result of his campaign's calculation that in-person campaigning and field organization are his strengths, rather than the national-media-narrative game.

He was also friendly with the financial industry, at a time when Democratic voters were turning against it.

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In the RealClearPolitics national polling averages for Democratic candidates, he is in tenth place with 1.8 percent.

He suffered from bad luck, too. Kamala Harris of California, withdrew from the race last month. He scooped up endorsements in early-voting states, and got some of the loudest responses at early multi-candidate events.

Booker struggled to land on a message that would resonate with voters. And over the past year, I've seen the very best of who we can be, ' Booker texted his supporters. A hoped-for breakout in SC never came, and in November, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick entered the race, with Booker's weakness seeming to create an opening for a black candidate with executive experience.

For African Americans, Booker's exit is more meaningful than just being one less option to consider. "We're spiraling towards a debate stage that potentially [c] ould have six people with no diversity whatsoever".

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