WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Corey Booker on Monday announced his intent to withdraw from the race, citing campaign finance woes as the primary cause.
In a letter to his supporters, Booker, who formally announced his campaign in February 2019, said a lack of financial support made it impossible for his campaign to continue.
“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 said. “If we can’t raise more money in this final stretch, we won’t be able to do the things that other campaigns with more money can do to show presence.”
“Nearly one year ago, I got in the race for president because I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone,” Booker continued. “I’ve always believed that. I still believe that. I’m proud I never compromised my faith in these principles during this campaign to score political points or tear down others.”
“And maybe I’m stubborn, but I’ll never abandon my faith in what we can accomplish when we join together,” he added. “I will carry this fight forward — I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year. Friend, it’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president.”
Booker is the latest Democratic presidential candidate to withdraw from the race as President Donald Trump continues to step up his efforts at reelection with rallies planned nationwide for the next several weeks.
In a message to his followers posted to his official Facebook page, Trump mocked Booker’s withdrawal, writing: “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!”
According to poll numbers published by Real Politics, Booker polled at an abysmal 2 percent nationally, which made him ineligible to participate in debates in recent months. Author Marianne Williamson and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro also departed from the race this month.