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Booker's exit won't depress 2020 turnout, but future is bright for the 'gifted politician'

Cory Booker announced this week that he will end his presidential campaign, making the existing Democratic field less diverse.


Elizabeth Sanders

Elizabeth Sanders

Professor of Government

Elizabeth Sanders, professor of government at Cornell University who studies American political development, says that Cory Booker leaving the presidential race won’t diminish voter turnout, and that the junior Senator from New Jersey has a bright future for another presidential run.

Sanders says:

Booker’s exit won’t depress turnout, as black Democrats tend to be very practical strategists; as is so often said in the media, they are intent on getting rid of Trump. Note the very practical and effective campaign of black women Democrats in the last Alabama Senate race.

“If a Democrat wins, Booker will end up in a government position, and go on from there to gather experience for his next run. He is a gifted politician, but hasn’t yet gathered as much visible national experience as a presidential candidate probably needs.”

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