New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who has failed to gain any traction during the entirety of the 2020 presidential race so far, announced on Monday that he suspended his campaign for the White House.
According to ABC News, Booker’s campaign faced a growing number of hurdles as other candidates have enjoyed surges in the polls and record fundraising quarters. Booker never really experienced any of that, which ultimately led to his decision to make the Democratic field one candidate smaller.
“It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president,” Booker wrote in an email to his supporters.
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. pic.twitter.com/Fxvc549vlJ
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 13, 2020
Booker also hinted that he will need to dedicate time to the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, which he said would also take away from his campaign.
“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 and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington. So I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign now, take care of my wonderful staff, and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field,” Booker said on Monday.
The 50-year-old senator also failed to meet the qualifications for the upcoming seventh Democratic primary debate, which would have undoubtedly further crippled his campaign for the White House — especially given that the Iowa caucuses are only weeks away.
Cory Booker has dropped out of the 2020 race
They claim the Republican Party is the party of "old, white men"
Yet they've rejected every serious minority candidate thus far
What happened to diversity being their "strength?"
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 13, 2020
ABC News suggested that Booker, given his resume in politics, would likely be strongly considered a potential running mate for whomever ends up winning the 2020 Democratic nomination to run against President Donald Trump.
He was reportedly vetted by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the 2016 election for a vice presidential slot, which ultimately went to Sen. Tim Kaine.
While his campaign team indicated that Booker would be seeking re-election for his Senate seat, Booker — who has repeatedly insisted that Trump shouldn’t be the president — claimed that he would help out whomever is chosen as the Democratic nominee.
“I can’t wait to get back out 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,” Booker said in a Monday video.