Cory Booker formally announced his candidacy for re-election to the U.S. Senate in a fundraising e-mail as he seeks to quickly raise money to keep a job that is now is consolation prize.
The announcement comes one day after he ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination after being unable to move beyond the low-single digit range in early state and national polling — and after failing to reach the debate stage for the second time
“Running for president was one of the greatest honors of my life. I’ll always be grateful that you were one of the people who stood with me as a supporter of our grassroots campaign,” Booker said. “Our presidential campaign is over, but the work to make justice and opportunity real for everyone must continue. That’s why I’m running for re-election to the U.S. Senate this November.”
Booker had raised $5,280,417 for his re-election campaign, but transferred most of it toward his ill-fated presidential bid.
His cash-on-hand was $74,606, as of his 3rd quarter filing with the Federal Election Commission.
The announcement that Booker would run again for Senate is no surprise. New Jersey changed its law in 2018 so that he could run for both offices simultaneously, if he needed to.
Elected in as 2013 special election following the death of Frank R. Lautenberg, Booker won his first full term in 2014.
Progressive activist Lawrence Hamm, a former Newark Board of Education member in the 1970s and the New Jersey chairman of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, is challenging Booker in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.
New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 1972, when Clifford Case won his fourth term. Since that time, 48 other states have elected a Republican U.S. Senator; only Hawaii (1970) has gone longer.