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Booker Ends Presidential Bid

Democrat Cory Booker has dropped out of the presidential race after failing to qualify for the January primary debate. Democrat Cory Booker has dropped out of the presidential race after failing to qualify for the January primary debate. |  Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY SA 2.0

Updated: January 13, 2020 11:22 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrat Cory Booker has dropped out of the presidential race after failing to qualify for the January primary debate.

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Booker announced Monday that he was ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to gain traction in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety.

The U.S. senator from New Jersey had struggled in polling and fundraising since launching his bid last February. Booker was unable to hit 5% support in a single qualifying poll required to make it on the January debate stage.

Booker's departure leaves a field that was once the most diverse in history with just one remaining African American candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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