Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has thus far been a bust.
It’s quite early, to be sure, and there is more than enough time for him to recover. But given that he’s one of the more prominent Democratic senators and has long been mentioned as a contender, his inability to gain traction since announcing his candidacy is at least noteworthy. After all, there have been a number of articles written focusing on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s underwhelming performance in polls, but Booker consistently does worse than her.
Nationally, Booker, D-N.J., has been polling in a distant sixth place, averaging 3.2 percent in polls compiled by RealClearPolitics. The average has front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden at 29.8 percent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at 22.6 percent, Beto O’Rourke at 10 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at 9.6 percent, and Warren, D-Mass., at 5.8 percent.