Sen. Cory Booker Suspends Presidential Campaign, Cites No ‘Path to Victory’

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

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has dropped out of the 2020 race for president.

With weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses on February 3, Booker said in a statement to supporters his campaign lacks the funds to go on. "To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot-thank you".

In a video message, Booker also said he's ending his campaign "with the same spirit with which it began", promising to campaign "as hard as I can" for the eventual Democratic nominee for president.

The 10-day, $1.7 million late-September sprint was ultimately successful in keeping the senator in the race, and he'd go on to eventually increase his fundraising numbers in 2019's final months, but Booker's totals continued to pale in comparison to those of candidates in the race's top tier, in some cases by as much as $20 million per quarter.

Moments after Booker tweeted the news, President Trump announced "Really Big Breaking News (Kidding)".

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The impending impeachment trial could keep the senators in the race off the campaign trail for an undetermined amount of time during a critical stage in the primary, which may work to the advantage of candidates like Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg.

Booker plans to run for re-election to the Senate, his campaign said. But he rarely drew a contrast with his opponents on the trail, even when asked directly, and even some of Booker's supporters anxious his message on Trump wasn't sharp enough to go up against a Republican president known for dragging his opponents into the mud.

As a candidate, Booker advanced ambitious policy proposals on criminal justice, gun violence and the racial wealth gap, all issues whose impact he had seen firsthand as Newark mayor.

Booker struggled to land on a message that would resonate with voters.

Booker earned praise and gratitude from fellow Democratic candidates. 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. Deval Patrick, the former governor of MA, entered the race late last fall and has yet to qualify for a debate. Sen.

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