Moments ago, Cory Booker announced he suspended his campaign.
Not missing a beat, President Trump responded with a brutal zinger, tweeting:
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!
Booker was never able to get beyond low single digits in polling and failed to meet minimum qualifications for the last several DNC debates.
Yahoo reports Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is suspending his presidential campaign, he announced in an email to supporters on Monday. Booker said multiple factors had contributed to his conclusion that he had no chance to win the Democratic nomination.
“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 wrote. “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 is the first candidate to leave the race who specifically cited the impending impeachment trial as an issue. In recent weeks, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held back the articles of impeachment from the Senate, delaying the start of the trial, it has become apparent that the senators in the Democratic race would be handicapped by the need to attend the proceedings in Washington during the crucial final days of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.
Like some of the other candidates, Booker faced hurdles imposed by the Democratic National Committee’s debate qualification rules, which set minimum requirements for polling and fundraising. He was not on stage for the most recent debate last month and did not qualify for the one Tuesday evening in Iowa. Booker’s departure leaves just three candidates of color in the Democratic field, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and businessman Andrew Yang.