Booker announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to great fanfare last year on the first day of Black History Month. In his announcement, he noted he was "the only senator who goes home to a low-income, inner city community" in Newark, calling the city, "the first community that took a chance on me," CNN reported.
Booker exited the presidential race three weeks before voters were set to head to the polls for the Iowa Caucus. Up until his announcement he kept an active campaign schedule, but he struggled for months to gain traction in the polls, Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree reported. He did not qualify for Tuesday's Democratic debate.