New Jersey Senator Cory Booker suspended his presidential bid on Monday, acknowledging what has been apparent for months — that he isn’t building the support needed to win the Democratic nomination.
Booker, who will be participating in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, wrote in a Medium post published Monday morning that the best way to beat Mr. Trump at the ballot box in 2020 is “to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone.”
“I will carry this fight forward — I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year,” Booker wrote. “It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president.”
Just last week, he had told the Associated Press that his campaign’s internal metrics indicated he’d finish in a “pretty exciting place” in the Iowa caucuses, though he said that a Senate trial that lasted just two weeks would force him to cancel “literally dozens of events” in Iowa.
Booker launched his campaign last February and despite building a formidable ground operation in the early states, he could never break into the top tier, polling consistently in the single digits. Booker registered 3% support in a Des Moines Register poll published Friday.