Cory Booker Drops Out Of 2020 Presidential Race

Booker speaks during an event in Fort Dodge Iowa on Dec. 20 2019

He fell short of qualifying for a second consecutive televised debate, due to take place Tuesday in Iowa.

The latest campaign finance report filed on September 30, showed that Booker spent $13,981,713 on his campaign, according to Open Secrets.

On the stump, Booker emphasized his Midwestern connections - often referencing the almost 80 family members he has still living in Iowa when he campaigned there - and delivered an exhortation to voters to use "radical love" to overcome what he considered Trump's hate. Another former mayor, Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is seen as the freshest face in the field. So what went wrong?

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

His "story" was old-hat to observers who had been watching him closely for years, but he still had to sell it to regular Democratic voters who had never heard of him.

Moments after Booker tweeted the news, President Trump announced "Really Big Breaking News (Kidding)".

And while candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren relied on well-developed networks of small-dollar donors, Booker hadn't raised money for a race since 2014 and therefore trailed in assembling such a list of people willing to give over and over again.

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Booker was one of two African American candidates still in the race for the Democratic nomination. Booker said the thresholds have hindered minority candidates in particular.

Booker is the third Democrat to end his campaign this month.

The news of the senator's decision came weeks before the Iowa caucuses, where, despite a large field organization Booker, D-N.J., was expected to finish outside of the top tier of candidates, based on recent polling. He was, for example, the kind of candidate - with a message of unity, common objective and even love - who could have, like Obama before him, exhibited some serious trans-partisan appeal at a time when his party is desperate to expand its base.

Trump, in typical fashion, sarcastically mocked Booker as he exited the race.

While the senator's extensive resume - including degrees from Stanford and Yale and a Rhodes scholarship - media savvy and bipartisan achievements, including on criminal justice reform, led observers to believe he would be a formidable presidential candidate, Booker quickly found himself mired in the low single-digits in national polls of the crowded field shortly after launching his campaign.

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

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