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Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race

Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race”

Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday morning that he is dropping out of the presidential race, with three weeks to go before the Iowa caucus. "It was a hard 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".

In an email to supporters, Mr Booker said the campaign did not have the money to continue competing, especially given that he would miss tomorrow's debate and will likely be forced off the campaign trail to serve as a juror in Mr Trump's upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate.

He had bet all his chips on doing well in the February 3 Iowa caucuses, including launching a $500,000 advertising campaign, but failed to move in the polls and did not qualify for Tuesday's debate in Des Moines.

As the former mayor of Newark, N.J., Booker earned national attention for hands-on heroics that were amplified by his pioneering use of social media.

Sen. Cory Booker delivers remarks at a campaign event in November 2019 in New York City.

Despite long-standing ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley, he raised far less campaign cash than many of his opponents. That meant that even later in the campaign, after he had collected some of the top endorsements in Iowa and visited SC nearly more than any other candidate, a significant portion of the electorate in both states either said they were unfamiliar with his campaign or viewed him unfavourably. In response, President Donald Trump jokingly wrote on Twitter that he can "Now...rest easy tonight".

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

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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's seat is up for a vote this year, and he will run for reelection to the Senate.

Booker concluded his letter to supporters calling this race "the most important election of our lifetimes", and he issued a final call for Democrats to take the high road as they seek to defeat President Trump.

Booker came into the race with a high profile and was widely expected to be a leading candidate.

Despite his exit from the race, Booker's center-left platform, strong stump presence and relative youth are likely keep him in the campaign conversation as a potential running-mate for the eventual Democratic nominee.

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