So far in 2020 three candidates of the Democratic Party have retired
Democratic race loses diversity
The former mayor of Newark announced that he is retiring from the presidential race, which began by standing out for its diversity, but now only has an African-American - who entered the race in November - an Asian-American and a dozen whites. New Jersey African-American Senator Cory Booker explained that his candidacy was not raising funds for a campaign that could win the November elections and that's why he made the decision to step aside. This is the third Democratic low so far this year, leaving 12 candidates in the race to defeat Republican Donald Trump.
Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to expand and continue building a campaign that can win: money we don't have and money that is harder to raise because I will not be in the next stage of debate and because the urgent issue of impeachment (to Trump) will keep me in Washington, Booker said in an email to his followers. The Senate will vote on Trump's impeachment in the coming weeks, something that will take campaign time off the senators who aspire to the White House.
Booker's decision comes on the eve of the first Democratic debate of the year organized by CNN and Des Moines Register, which will take place in Des Moines, Iowa. Six candidates managed to classify: former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and philanthropist Tom Steyer. The debate in Iowa has a special relevance because it is the last meeting of the candidates before the first big meeting of the Democratic primary in that State is held on February 3. “It was a difficult decision to make, but I came to this race to win, and I always said that I would not continue if there was no longer a path to victory,” wrote Booker, who was marking less than 2 in the polls.
The 2020 started with bad news for diversity in the range of Democratic candidates. Former Secretary of Housing Julián Castro announced on January 2 that he was retiring. The one who was the only Latino candidate of the race gave his support to Senator Warren. For its part, Booker simply said that he will give his vote to the Democratic candidate who is elected. With the withdrawal of the senator from New Jersey, the list of candidates representing a minority is reduced to the Hindu congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the Asian-American businessman Andrew Yang and the former governor of Massachusetts, the African-American Deval Patrick. The women, who also set a record at the beginning of the race for the Democratic candidacy, suffered a casualty a few days ago when the spiritual guru Marianne Williamson, after months without making news or classifying in the debates, withdrew her candidacy, leaving only Three women from a total of 12 applicants.