Urbandale, Iowa USA. May 27, 2019. Presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D – New Jersey) speaks at a Memorial Day rally in Urbandale, Iowa. (Shutterstock)
By Chris Sommerfeldt, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Cory Booker pulled the plug on his long-shot campaign for president Monday, meaning the Democratic 2020 field is now almost entirely comprised of white candidates. The New Jersey senator, who struggled to raise cash and slumped in the polls, made the announcement in a video posted to Twitter.
“Today, I am suspending my campaign for president with the same spirit with which it began,” Booker said in the video. “It is my faith in us, my faith in us together as a nation that we share common pain and common problems that can only be solved with a common purpose and a sense of common cause.”
The 50-year-old Garden State lawmaker added he’s itching to “recommit myself to the work.” “I can’t wait to get back on the campaign trail and campaign as hard as I can for whoever is the eventual nominee,” Booker said. Booker’s also expected to mount a reelection bid for his Senate seat in 2020.
Booker’s drop-out came after it became clear he didn’t make the cut for this week’s seventh 2020 debate, which will only feature six candidates: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer. In light of Booker’s exit, Andrew Yang is the only non-white Democrat left in the race whose campaign has gained national momentum. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is also still in the race, though he has struggled to garner practically any support in the polls.
President Trump mockingly welcomed Booker’s announcement.
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