Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, the longtime New Jersey native and former Newark mayor, announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
“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 Monday morning in a campaign-wide email to 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’s campaign struggled to take off and garner support ahead of the Feb. 3 Democratic primaries. He frequently came in low in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first states where the Democratic presidential primaries take place, and did not meet qualifications to participate in the most recent primary debate on Dec. 19 or the next, scheduled for Jan. 14.
“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,” Booker added.
Booker emphasized that he will seek to focus on his reelection campaign, where voters will decide this November whether he should continue to be New Jersey’s senator.