BOOKER BEAT

Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign

Sen. Cory Booker announced the suspension of his presidential campaign Monday morning.

In an email to supporters Booker wrote, “Friend, it’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president. […] 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.”

The end of Booker’s bid comes on the heels of the second straight debate for which Booker did not meet polling goals to appear on stage in Iowa and three weeks before the Iowa Democratic caucuses.

Booker first announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination nearly a year ago on Feb. 1 in his hometown of Newark.

“I will be doing everything in my power to elect the eventual Democratic nominee for president, whomever that may be, and to elect great Democrats to the Senate and up and down the ballot. 2020 is the most important election of our lifetimes — we have to beat Donald Trump… but beating Trump is the floor, not the ceiling,” the release continues.

With Booker’s suspension, 10 candidates remain in the running for the Democratic presidential nomination.