Booker fundraising on Castro's departure from 2020 race

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (N.J.), a 2020 Democratic White House hopeful, is fundraising off former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro’s departure from the presidential race.

The Booker campaign sent a fundraising email on Thursday expressing grief over Castro suspending his campaign earlier in the day, saying the Democratic stage was losing “yet another person of color.”  

“Here’s the reality: It seems like billionaires with bottomless checkbooks have a clearer path to the nomination then talented, experienced, qualified candidates like Julián Castro,” the email obtained by The Associated Press read. “Julián’s early exit is a loss for our party and this nominating process.” 


The email says the loss of the only Latino candidate in the race signifies why “we need Cory’s voice now more than ever” and asks for donations.

Booker is one of the only people of color left in the race, along with former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickIt’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Andrew Yang endorses Biden in 2020 race MORE and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE.  Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) left the race last year. 

The New Jersey senator is currently ranked eighth in national presidential polls, according to RealClearPolitics.