Cory Booker Drops Out Of White House Race

13 Janvier, 2020, 19:24 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Sen. Cory Booker delivers remarks at a campaign event in November 2019 in New York City

On the stump, Booker emphasized his Midwestern connections - often referencing the almost 80 family members he has still living in Iowa when he campaigned there - and delivered an exhortation to voters to use "radical love" to overcome what he considered Trump's hate.

"It's with a full heart that I share this news - I've made the decision to suspend my campaign for president", Booker said in an email to supporters.

In a message to supporters, Booker cited fundraising struggles and his failure to make the debate stage, and said he no longer sees a path to victory. The impeachment trial against President Donald Trump would find him in Washington rather than appealing to Iowa voters.

His departure from the race came one day before the latest Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, where only six candidates have qualified for the stage.

Those anemic numbers would ultimately lead to the senator's exclusion from debates in both December and January, due to Democratic Party rules requiring candidates achieve numbers above specific thresholds in order to participate.

Fellow Democratic contender Marianne Williamson quit the race at the weekend, while Julian Castro dropped out of the race earlier this month.

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The New Jersey senator, and former mayor of Newark, has always been considered a rising star in Democratic politics.

His calls for unity and to heal America's political divisions fell on the deaf ears of a Democrats infuriated by the policies and the rhetoric of Trump and wanting someone as angry as they are.

Booker's seat is up for a vote this year, and he will run for reelection to the Senate. Booker wrote in his announcement, "I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together". Booker said multiple factors had contributed to his conclusion that he had no chance to win the Democratic nomination.

Despite long-standing ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley, he raised far less campaign cash than many of his opponents. He surpassed that goal. And on the campaign trail, he proposed establishing a $1,000 savings account for every child born in the U.S.to help close the racial wealth gap.

Jonathan D. Salant may be reached at jsalant@njadvancemedia.com. Subscribe to NJ.com's newsletters.

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