New Jersey Senator Cory Booker on Monday dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after struggling since the start to gain any traction and blamed the impeachment of President Trump as one of the reasons for his shortcomings.
In an email to his supporters, Booker made the announcement:
“It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory.
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 entered the race last February and never had a chance from the start although he was considered by some a rising star in the Democratic Party.
He was thoroughly outshined throughout the primary and never enjoyed a break-out moment like others.
In his note to supporters, the Democrat acknowledged he didn’t see a path to victory.
“It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory,” Booker said.
In a tweet, Booker said: “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.”
Booker marks the latest candidate of color to exit the race, deeming it impossible to win in the “party of diversity” who features three white candidates as the front-runners.
President Trump savagely responded to the news that one of his least intimidating challengers had decided to call it quits.
“Really Big Breaking News (Kidding): Booker, who was in zero polling territory, just dropped out of the Democrat Presidential Primary Race. Now I can rest easy tonight. I was sooo concerned that I would someday have to go head to head with him!” he tweeted.
But Booker struggled to land on a message that would resonate with voters. He’s long been seen as a far- left Democrat in the Senate pushing for gun confiscation.
He was among the first candidates to release a gun control plan, and at the time it was the most ambitious in the field, as it included a gun licensing program that would have been seen as political suicide just a decade before.
Booker also sought to paint himself to the public as an uplifting, unifying figure who emphasized his bipartisan work record. That didn’t land in a Democratic primary that has often rewarded candidates who promised voters they were tough-minded fighters who could take on Trump.
The latest campaign finance report filed on September 30, showed that Booker wasted $13,981,713 on his failed campaign, according to Open Secrets. Millions more were likely spent in the following months, but the full amount will not be publicized until later in January.