WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is ending his presidential campaign and will seek reelection to the U.S. Senate, he announced Monday.
Booker failed to gain traction in national polls or in any of the key early-voting states, and he has missed the qualifications for two consecutive Democratic debates, including the one tonight. He has trailed the top candidates in fund-raising and hasn't been able to pull in significant support from black voters, whom his campaign strategy heavily relied on.
“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 in a post on Medium and a text to supporters.
Warren, Sanders dispute their '18 talk
Elizabeth Warren said Monday that fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told her he didn't think a woman could win the White House when they met privately in 2018.
The Massachusetts senator said in a statement that during their two-hour meeting to discuss the 2020 election, “among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.”
CNN first reported Sanders' comment earlier Monday, based on the accounts of anonymous people with knowledge of the meeting. That drew a swift and strong denial from Sanders, a Vermont senator, who said, “It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn't win.”
Court stalls Wisconsin voter purge
A Wisconsin judge on Monday found the state's bipartisan elections commission to be in contempt and ordered it to immediately begin removing up to 209,000 names from the state's voter rolls or face fines for each day it doesn't.
Hours later, a divided Wisconsin Supreme Court declined a request from a conservative law firm to immediately hear the case, meaning that the legal battle will shift to a lower state appeals court and likely not be resolved before the November presidential election.
The Supreme Court's decision not to get involved now was a win for liberals, who will attempt to persuade a lower appeals court to put the original ruling on hold while the legal fight continues. The appeals court had refused to act while the Supreme Court was considering what to do.
Wisconsin is a battleground state that President Donald Trump won by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016.