Cory Booker could soon quit the presidential race, aide says

Senator Cory Booker a Democrat from New Jersey and 2020 presidential candidate speaks during the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting in San Francisco California U.S. on Friday Aug. 23 2019

"The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race and compete to win the nomination", Addisu Demissie, Booker's presidential campaign manager, wrote in a memo sent to staff and supporters.

On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his 2020 presidential campaign, leaving 19 other Democrats including Booker to vie for the chance to take on Republican Trump.

Booker was one of the first candidates to build a substantial operation in critical early states, and his ground game in Iowa has been praised by local activists, but the large headcount is expensive.

"If we're not able to build the campaign organization, which means raise the money that we need to win the nomination, Cory's not going to continue running and consuming resources that are better used on focusing on beating Donald Trump", Demissie told reporters in a conference call.

On a call with reporters, Demissie said Booker had enough money to stay in the race, but needed more to be able to scale up the campaign and remain viable in the final months before voting begins February 3 with the Iowa caucuses.

With polls showing many Democrats undecided, it's possible that Booker could benefit from a surge in popularity in the campaign's final weeks.

"Booker might not be in this race for much longer - the same is true for other important voices in the field".

Former vice-president Joe Biden, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders are the top three, clear in most polls of Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and California senator Kamala Harris.

"I want to be clear: This isn't an end-of-quarter stunt or another one of those memos from a campaign trying to spin the press", he wrote.

"This is a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our campaign at a level of transparency unprecedented in presidential politics", he wrote.

NBC reported that Booker would be in Iowa Saturday to attend the Polk County Steak Fry (even though many candidates claim Americans need to stop eating beef to save the world from climate change). Booker has consistently polled better than the NY mayor and made the field of 10 candidates for the debate in Houston last week.

"It feels to me like he's in this purgatory", Scala said.

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